Disabled children’s charity wins award

A Lancashire based charity has been recognised for its vital work with its third award in a matter of months.

Unique KidzUnique Kidz and Co, based near Lancaster, has beaten off competition from dozens of social enterprises in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria and Cheshire to be announced as the Small Social Enterprise of the Year by Social Enterprise North West (SENW), the lead body for social enterprises in the region. The award winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony in Blackpool.

Unique Kidz and Co provides specialist services for disabled children, young people and their families, including after school and holiday childcare. The charity was the first in Lancashire to offer after school and holiday childcare specifically for disabled children and has grown rapidly since it was formed by friends Jane Halpin and Denise Armer, who both have children with special needs. It now provides services to over 130 children.

Unique Kidz and Co is run by a team of dedicated and professional childcare workers who are trained in special needs childcare.

Co-founder Jane Halpin said: “We are delighted and honoured to have won this award which recognises the valuable and varied work undertaken by fantastic social enterprises across the region. Winning the small social enterprise award really means so much to us, the staff and the children and parents we provide services for.”

Val Jones, Chief Officer at Social Enterprise North West says, “This is the first time social enterprises across the North West have been recognised for their work in the region with an award scheme. We received a huge number of applications from social enterprises covering a diverse range of areas and the work they are doing is clearly having a huge social and community impact alongside bringing about economic regeneration. “The small enterprise category was particularly competitive and the judges were most impressed by the passion and drive of the co-founders of Unique Kidz and Co in really making a positive difference to disabled children and their families. ”