Bloody Awesome Parents Awards (BAPS) have just launched.
Want something special for the weekend? Want to start the weekend with a cheeky smile?
Want to see our BAPS?
Well now you can, because our Bloody Awesome ParentS Awards (BAPS) have just launched. Nominations are open!
We know that there are loads of blogging awards. So why do we need another one? Well, no other awards specifically celebrate special educational needs and disability (SEND). Traditional blogging awards are mainstream and SEND bloggers usually slot into the ‘Inspiring’ category and, to be honest, as lovely as that can be, as parents we often tire of being inspirational. We want to be recognised for our other talents.
My Family, Our Needs, the website for parents, carers and practitioners, and Bringing Us Together, think this needs to change.
The BAPS allow SEND bloggers to be recognised for their talents, their stories and their families – from the everyday to the exceptional. The BAPS will celebrate these bloggers and showcase their valuable contribution to raising awareness of additional needs, both within the SEND community and the wider society.
The BAPS are being hosted by actress and writer Sally Phillips, who recently fronted the BBC2 documentary A World Without Down’s Syndrome?
The BAPS Awards allow SEND bloggers to be recognised for their talents, their stories and on their terms.
There are six BAPS categories, they are:
- Campaigning for Change
- Promoting Positive Perception
- SEND with a Side Dish of Humour
- The truth about SEND
- Practical Support for Families
With independent judges and a public vote, the nominees will go through two rounds to get to the final.
We are delighted to have a fantastic mix of judges:
Non SEND Parent Blogger Judges:
- Brian Lamb, OBE, the Lamb Inquiry
- Elaine Maxwell, IPSEA
- Phil Brayshaw, NHS England
- Sarah Maguire, Choice Support
- Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe, Hijacked by Twins
SEND Parent Blogger Judges:
- Stephanie Nimmo, Was this in the plan
- Steph Curtis, Steph’s Two Girls
- Emma Murphy, FACSA
- Angela Kelly, Wristbands and Roadsigns
- Yvonne Newbold, Special Parents Handbook
- Jo Ojo Henley, Ojo’s World
- Jeannette Cripps, Autismmumma
along with Debs and Katie from Bringing Us Together.
When is it?
The BAPS Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 18th May in Birmingham. With a three course meal, drinks and dancing, the BAPS will bring together families, practitioners, suppliers and support providers to celebrate the amazing parents.
The BAPS will break down barriers and build positive relationships for everybody involved in supporting a child with additional needs.
You can nominate yourself or your favourite SEND blogger at www.myfamilyourneeds.co.uk/baps or call 01223 206950.
If you’re not a blogger, you can still be part of the Awards Ceremony, just get in touch to find out how.
Mum to three great kids, each with a different SEN.
Transplanted from the NW to the SE.
Co-founder and Director of Bringing Us Together