Spirit of Age 2017 Award

We are thrilled to announce that SAND has won the 2017 National AgeUK Spirit of Age Award in the Equality & Diversity Category.

We consider this real recognition of SAND’s work and our progress over the last five years since that very first screening of the film Gen Silent in February 2012, which started the whole thing off!

The Age UK Spirit of Age Equality and Diversity Award…

is given to an outstanding ambassador, team or service for promoting and enabling equality and diversity for older people.

David Preston, Chief Officer at Shropshire Partners in Care said:

We are delighted to be working in partnership with SAND. Some recent events to raise awareness with colleagues working in the domiciliary or home care sector proved very successful with overwhelmingly positive feedback and a clear appetite for more work on this very important subject. SAND’s approach is both challenging and empowering and their level of knowledge, commitment and professionalism is impressive. The award is thoroughly well deserved.

Members of the SAND Action Group attended the Awards Ceremony in London on 28th June to receive the trophy from Jon Culshaw, to great applause on the night – see the clip here:

We hope this will increase awareness of the work we – and others – are doing to increase the expectation and improve the experiences of older and old LGBT people accessing health and social care.

Trudie Meredith at Radfield Home Care said

On behalf of Radfield Home Care, we are delighted to  be a delivery partner working alongside SAND Shropshire.  We feel totally inspired working with Sue, Sal, Betty & Les sharing their vision and inspiration for the LGBT community in Shropshire.  We look forward  to working with SAND now and in the future, creating greater awareness in the caring environment of Radfield Home Care, where ‘if you have a difference, you can feel safe to talk to us in confidence.’

David Coull, CEO of Coverage Care said:

Health and social care providers need to think about people from the LGBT community who come to consider using or who are already receiving care services. Shropshire has no LGBT infrastructure so it would be hard for us to access the sort of information and expertise that SAND offers. SAND has opened our eyes to the very real concerns and issues which may face people from LGBT community as they approach later life, this award is richly deserved.

Of course, we still have a great deal of work ahead of us. If you’re interested in helping us to achieve our goals, there are plenty of ways you can help.

The Spirit of Age Award is a very exciting step on our journey and we are delighted.