The Pride Awards are Lancashire County Council’s annual awards to celebrate the achievements of their staff and volunteers. The ceremony took place on Thursday 24th November at The Harris Museum in Preston, with a total of six awards being given out to individuals and teams who have shown commitment to helping the people of Lancashire.

Becky is 26 and lives in Fulwood. She became involved with DanceSyndrome in 2014. When Becky first started attending DanceSyndrome sessions she was a little bit nervous, which is quite normal when starting something new, but since taking part in the weekly workshops and DanceSyndrome’s unique ‘Dance by Example’ leadership training course, her confidence has grown enormously. This increase in confidence, combined with her improved dancing and leadership skills, enabled Becky to independently take on the role of Dance Leader at Gerrard Street Day Centre, separate from DanceSyndrome. She now runs her own dance class there every Friday.

It was because of this work that Becky was nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award by our LVP Volunteer Officer Garry Dawson.  The award celebrates volunteers who have made a marked difference to the life of an individual or community and consistently deliver outstanding service.

Speaking about Becky, Garry said “She is an exuberant and vibrant volunteer delivering sessions that continuously grow and develop…She has provided people with disabilities the opportunity to learn and develop skills, confidence and enjoy meaningful activity and has been a role model to the group…Ultimately, each person involved is always excited to see Becky and fully participate and engage in something of great worth and positivity.”