Mencap picked up the Digital Innovation of the Year Award for the Hear my voice campaign, which was described by judges as "an excellent way of using digital technology for social issues."

Meanwhile GLH won the Social Investment Award for the Retail Charity Bond. One of the judges described the Bond as “an innovative and effective idea that has helped people desperately in need."

Members of the Campaigns and Digital teams from Mencap, plus Hear my voice campaigners Vijay and David, attended the awards ceremony alongside representatives from GLH and Paul, a GLH tenant.

It was a fabulous evening with so many wonderful charities represented at the event – a double win for Mencap and GLH was the icing on the cake.

Rossanna Trudgian, Head of Campaigns at Mencap, said:

We were honoured just to be in the running but weare thrilled that Hear my voice won the Digital Innovation of the Year Award! We were so proud of our engagement with campaigners online and how we were able to empower people with a learning disability and their families to share their stories with their election candidates – and to have this recognised across the third sectoris incredible. And then when GLH won their category our table just erupted! We are over the moon.

Rod Dugher, Head of Housing at GLH, said:

We were absolutely delighted when Mencap won, but then the pressure was on for us! We are extremely proud to have received the Social Investment Award for the Retail Charity Bond. Paul took centre stage as we were presented the trophy by Alex Brooker. He held the trophy up and there was a real appreciation among the audience for our work. As we headed back to the table Paul was getting high fives and affection from people as we passed by. It was a truly memorable occasion.

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