Brown Turner Ross was delighted to sponsor this Award at the MOWLL Annual Awards Ceremony on December 1st 2011. The glittering Ceremony for this very worthy Charity took place at The Liverpool Marina.
MOWLL is a Liverpool grown organisation dedicated to promoting the social inclusion of people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and brain injury (Self Advocates). Their aim is to equip Self Advocates with the appropriate practical skills and knowledge to ensure that:
- they are safe in their Community particularly relevant as there has been an increase nationally in disability hate crime
- they understand their rights to respect, dignity, choice & increased control of their lives
- they can progress to further Training, Education, Employment, a wider social network & improved independence
It is based within Liverpool University and promotes social inclusion for all. They provide flexible Programmes including Disability Equality Training at both Liverpool & Chester University. This Training reaches future Social Workers, Nurses, Psychologists & Occupational Therapists.
They are also working with young people through their Keys4Independence Programme bringing together Groups from three Specialist Schools across Liverpool to plan their future.
In partnership with People First they are working with Liverpool John Moores University on their Learning Disability Collaborative Programme which will include Training with future Midwives, Nurses & Paramedics.
The Bill Blunn Award
Brown Turner Ross was delighted to sponsor this Award.
Bill Blunn was a peer Advocate at MOWLL and fondly known as “The Godfather”! He died of Cancer in 2008 and is still sorely missed by all at MOWLL. Bill was dealt the worst hand in life as he was wrongly locked up for 35 years in long stay institutions as a result of a case of mistaken identity. At the age of 15 Bill was alleged to have stolen a bottle of lemonade from a milk float and was arrested. He spent 15 years in Calderstones, 12 years in Lisoux Hall and 8 years in HMP Newhall. His records were accessed when he was 66 for us to find out that the name recorded on his files was William Allen Blunn whereas his actual name was William Francis Blunn.
William Allen Blunn was a serious offender with history of breaking into properties in the Old Swan area of Liverpool and spent his life as a free man!
The Award was presented on the night by Terry Kelly & Mark Barrett. It was awarded to the person who was felt to have “taken the most time to get to know the people MOWLL work with, sharing banter, respecting individuality and the building of friendships” something Bill was renowned for.
Heidi Kenworthy, CEO of MOWLL commented:
“Without the support of Sponsors like Brown Turner Ross we would simply not be able to hold an Awards Ceremony or recognise the outstanding work that is done in trying to achieve our key objectives. I would like to thank Lyndsey McHale (Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate) & Frank Rogers (Head of Business Development) from Brown Turner Ross for their ongoing support of MOWLL.”
Lyndsey McHale, Director of Brown Turner Ross commented:
“We were delighted to sponsor this Award. Frank Rogers suggested that we got involved in this way and I had no hesitation in agreeing. The work done by Heidi and her outstanding Team at MOWLL desrves wider recognition than is sadly the case. The work they do is challenging but rewarding and all of us here at Brown Turner Ross have nothing but admiration for their dedication, expertise and commitment.”
To find out more about MOWLL visit www.mowll.net