COMMUNITY ORGANISATION AWARD FOR DISABILITY –
Today sexual abuse against adults with learning disabilities continues to make the news. Back in 2004, a group of women with learning disabilities in Newcastle upon Tyne decided to do something about it. Josephine and Jack are life-size anatomically accurate cloth figures who are used in workshops and one-to-one work with adults and young people with learning disabilities to discuss a range of issues such as health, well-being, relationships, sex and sexuality. The project helps over 200 individuals every year, offering support and advice in a safe environment while creatively teaching about sexual education and relationships. This exceptional charity helps service users to improve their health and longevity of life and staff have seen an increase in the number of participants accessing health check-ups and smear tests. They also cover such issues as bereavement, staying safe and keeping fit.