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The 'Make A Difference Awards' highlights community champions making a difference where they live, presented by BBC Radio Solent for Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight. On Tuesday, the 20th of September, the ceremony was held at Portsmouth Guildhall, where eight category winners were announced.
Nominated by the community for creating real change by breaking down barriers and bringing people from different walks of life together, a judge of panels selected MAKE as the winner of 'The Together Award'. Through solid partnerships between social enterprise and charity activities, Aldingbourne Trust enables people with learning disabilities and/or autism across Sussex and Hampshire to have real choices and be more independent.
MAKE@Aldingbourne supports people to develop skills in various areas such as retail, café and creative sessions where they can make gifts, artwork and more! Art is a powerful tool of self-expression and individualism, and they love to see how that is reflected in each person's creations.
Sarah Mitas, the project manager, said, " We feel incredibly proud to be recognised as a community venue which is inclusive of everybody. The people we support are thrilled knowing they are valuable members of a team and that their work is appreciated".
Written by Lizzie Williams