The dates for the Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards 2019 have been announced.

Hosted by Care Talk Magazine, the awards are now in their fifth year and cover all areas of the UK through bespoke regional events; England & Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and for the first time this year will the Channel Islands.

The dates and regions are: 15th June 2019, Guernsey, 20th June 2019, Mariott Hotel, Cardiff, 21st June 2019, Hilton Hotel, Belfast and 28th June 2019, ICC, Birmingham.

Nominations are being invited from across the social care sector and across the country; including private, statutory and voluntary organisations. Shortlisted finalists will be invited to attend a judging day in their region and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner which take place in June.

Category winners from these regions will then go through to a National Final which takes place on 25th October at the prestigious Hilton Bankside Hotel, London, where the overall national winners will be announced.

The Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the successes of individuals, teams and businesses in the learning disabilities and autism sector – people and organisations who really do make a positive impact on people’s lives. They aim to pay tribute to people who specifically support those with learning disabilities and autism and also recognise inspirational individuals with a learning disability and/or autism who make a real difference within their communities.

There are a total of sixteen award categories available for nomination that represent all areas of support in the sector; from frontline staff such as support workers, nurses and managers, to people and organisations who have made an impact in other areas such as training and innovation.

The awards are well regarded within the sector and are formally supported by the National Care Forum, Mencap, The National Autistic Society, Social Care Institute for Excellence and The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk magazine said: “The awards acknowledge and champion the amazing work done each day in the care sector to support people living with learning disabilities and autism. The people nominated for these awards represent the social care sector at its very best, and they enable people to live rich and fulfilling lives. We are thrilled to be able to further expand these awards into the regions and recognise the unsung heroes in these communities.”

Organisations and individuals can nominate online at www.nationalldawards.co.uk.