National Lived Experience Award Nominations OPEN

Since its inception in 2013 Cygnet have been proud sponsors of the National Lived Experience Awards and we are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2024 Awards are now open.

The awards, which are organised by services users and residents with support from the Cygnet Events Team, celebrate and recognise the different number of service user projects that have made a difference at a local level in both NHS and private mental health, autism and learning disability services nationwide.

To submit a nomination please complete the online nomination form by visiting the link below. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday 12th July 2024.

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Categories for 2024

  • Leadership Award This category is for groups and individuals with living and lived experience of mental health needs, learning disabilities or autism, who have driven projects forward and shown the qualities of a leader. It is for those who have inspired others, from service to a national level.
  • Innovation in Recovery Award For projects that are innovative and unique, that haven’t been seen before within services. They should be supportive of recovery, whilst showing a creative or original point of view.
  • Celebrating Diversity Award Recognising individual’s or group projects that are working to not only spread awareness and encourage acceptance, but to strive for all of our differences to be celebrated. These projects may focus on diversity of any kind, including cultural, neuro-diversity, gender identity and more.
  • Community and Collaboration Award Together we want to recognise projects that have brought communities, teams, families, carers and / or services together. We would like to hear about teamwork and outreach.
  • Hope and Positivity Award Recognises the power of small actions making a big difference. This award recognises people that are consistently looking out for others and spreading hope and positivity.
  • Mark Britton People’s Choice Award In addition, the Mark Britton People’s Choice Award will return for 2024. This award will be decided at the ceremony by live vote during the award ceremony.

Please note that all entries must be co-produced with service users or residents as a minimum, any entries for projects delivered by staff will not be accepted.

“The awards are amazing, from start to finish. I’ve just been glued to the stage. Watching all the different people and the different events and things that they have done kind of inspires me. And it has given me ideas that I would like to take back.”Events team member

Key Dates

Finalists will be invited to our exclusive awards ceremony taking place on Tuesday 24th September at Doncaster Race Course.

Deadline for nominations is Friday 12th July.
Judging will take place on Thursday 25th July.
Finalists will be notified by Tuesday 30th July.

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Further information

We have a top tips poster that can be downloaded below to give guidance on making a good nomination.

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We encourage as many services to get involved in the Awards so please do share this information with service users, residents and colleagues.

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If you have any questions about nominating or the awards in general, please contact us on [email protected]

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