Wigan disabilities awareness group needs your votes to earn community grant

A Wigan community group which works to challenge perceptions about disabilities has been shortlisted for a community grant, but needs your votes to win.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 9:05 am
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 9:12 am
Happy Smiles founder Alex Winstanley (second right) with Haydn Smith, Kurt Watson and Ellie Greenawary, members of Happy Smiles CIC

Happy Smiles Training CIC has been shortlisted for a grant from the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Happy Smiles is a community organisation that provides interactive training workshops, focusing on many aspects of disability awareness and social inclusion.

The team also seeks to overturn negative preconceptions about disabled people by focusing on what they can do rather than any limitations they may have.

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It was founded by friends Alex Winstanley and Haydn Smith and its work includes visiting schools to explain the mindset needed to succeed in a diverse society and train inclusion champions to speak positively about disabilities.

If the group wins, they'll receive a free campaign worth thousands to capture a huge audience over Twitter, and be featured in hundreds of pieces of content that reach millions in the process, helping to spread their important message.

Voting closes on Monday April 26 at midnight. To vote for Happy Smiles, click here.

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