Today we're launching our Together at 40 awards
Friday 25th January 2019
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 holding an Awards event - and nominations are now officially open.
Get your nominations in for Contact's Together at 40 Awards - celebrating the achievements of families with disabled children
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.
"We are calling for families across the country to nominate their friends, family members, colleagues, as well as campaign groups and forums for a Contact Together at 40 Award - so please get busy nominating."
The Award categories
There are seven award categories, listed below. You can enter as many as you like.
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.
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.
Your opportunity to tell us about all the wonderful and everyday things grandparents do for your family.
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 to nominate
It's really simple, just fill in this form and explain why your nominee is a deserving winner and submit your nomination.
Nominations close on Monday 18th February
How will the nominations be judged
and shortly after that date a panel of independent judges will choose a shortlist for each category. The shortlisted families and groups will be invited to an exciting gala awards evening 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]