Together at 40 Awards

Contact is celebrating our 40th birthday this year and we want everyone to be involved. 40 years ago that we started as a charity when a group of parents recognised the benefits of getting together with other families like theirs for friendship and to share experiences and advice.

We are excited to announce that as part of our 40th anniversary festivities this year, we are hosting our Together at 40 Awards - celebrating the achievements of families with disabled children

Nominations for our Together at 40 Awards are now closed. We had nearly 500 nominations, so thank you to everyone took the time to nominate!

About our Together at 40 Awards

Contact's Together at 40 Awards are a celebration of the countless and often unrecognised achievements of families with disabled children up and down the country.

It seems right that during our 40th birthday year, we shine a spotlight on the many positives that come with being a family with a disabled child and on the wonderful parent carer community with which we stand and work together. 

Amanda Batten, Chief Executive of Contact, said: "As a national charity, we often hear about when things go wrong for families, such as the difficulties of getting the right support. This isn't surprising as that's what we are here for. But it's important to recognise when things go right and come together to celebrate.

The Award categories 

There are seven award categories.

Parent Carer Award

We want to hear about you or someone you know and the amazing things they do to make sure their disabled child and family can take part in everyday life. 

Sibling Award

Tell us about the often unseen but great things siblings do for their disabled brothers and sisters or that help make mum and dad's lives just that little bit easier.

Grandparent Award

Your opportunity to tell us about all the wonderful and everyday things grandparents do for your family.

ParentPower Award

Nominate an individual family or a group of parents who have campaigned or worked together to make life better for other families with disabled children in their community.

Proudest Moment Award

Big or small, this is your chance to tell us about the challenges your disabled child has overcome that fill you with pride and makes you smile. 

Excellence in Parent carer Participation Award

For local parent carer forums who have gone that extra mile to champion partnership work and co-production with local councils or health services. 

We Care about Rare  Award

This is your opportunity to nominate a child or family - it could be your own! - with a rare condition and how they champion being rare.

How will the nominations be judged

We will now start the difficult process of shortlisting. The shortlisted finalist will be announced in April and May.

A panel of independent judges will choose a winner for each category.

The entire shortlisted finalists will be invited to an exciting awards event at a central London location, where the winners will be announced.

You can read about all the previous finalists in our  Contact Awards 2017 booklet [PDF]