Divine Inspiration Winter Showcase
Words can not describe how beautiful, exhilarating, inspiring and mesmerising, the Divine Inspiration performances were at the weekend! We wanted to share just a few of the fabulous moments. Our dancers worked so hard, their timings and finishes were incredible and they loved every moment, almost as much as we did! Thank you to all of our amazing dancers, parents, the Divine Dance team and of course INSPIRATION HAGAN SCHOOL OF DANCE for helping us to break down barriers and demonstrate what can be achieved with hard work, belief, passion and opportunity!
Man-Archy - Wonderful Achievements
Men’s Mental Health provision, Man-archy – has recently reached over 100 Men in crisis who have been supported by our service. Just last week we celebrated a further 2 men who have secured employment. Much more than about the job itself, these 2 men have gone from feeling like there is no way forward, to now being active in their community and society, gaining financial independence and planning for a future. We are proud and humbled to be a part of that journey.
Divine Days Awards Evening - 2023
The big day finally arrived! On the 23rd of November 2023, we were delighted to be hosting our first ever Divine Days Celebration Awards evening, honouring individuals and organisations across Lancashire, who have demonstrated their commitment to accessibility and reducing barriers for, around the area to ensure that they knew that the community appreciated their work with people who have disabilities, complex needs, special educational/additional needs or neurodivergent.
Votes had been pouring in for months for winners of the 7 categories, and the scene was finally set at The Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel. The evening began with festive drinks and light entertainment by the fabulous David Burgess Magician. This was followed by a wonderful and heart-warming performance from the fabulously talented Divine Dancers. As guests enjoyed the delicious 4-course dinner, excitement for the awards announcement gathered. Divine Days Managing Director Katie Whitehead had the honour of handing over each award to the worthy winner, topped off with the Shining Star Award, which celebrates a child or young person in the community who have overcome challenge and despite those challenges, is an inspiration for others. The winner Jess McDonald was delighted and won her category by a landslide!
When asked about how she felt about her hosting her first awards evening, Katie Whitehead said ‘I feel so blessed! Committing to such an event is a huge gamble but was something we really wanted to do, to celebrate those who really deserve to be celebrated, for all their hard work and dedication. Nobody does this work to get rich, it’s all because we are passionate about it and often due to our own lived experience, want to make a difference to the lives of others. I’m so grateful that all the organisations got involved and celebrate every winner, runner-up and anybody else who is working every day to make a positive difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our community’.
Congratulations to all of our winners from this evening. You were all stunning
Pearson's Award - A Trip To London
Oh what a night! Hosted by the lovely and talented Gaby Roslin we had the privilege of attending the prestigious Pearsons Awards Dinner in London, with our colleagues from Delphside Primary School, to celebrate our Silver Award win for Impact Through Partnership. We were honoured and proud to be able to stand amongst such amazing and talented education staff and teams from all over the country, and thoroughly enjoyed the celebration. Who knows, next year maybe gold!
Pearson's National Education Award - Impact Through Partnership! Silver Award
21 June 2023: The team from The Legacy Project at Divine Days Community CIC have been selected from thousands of nominations to win a Pearson National Teaching Silver Award. We were honoured with a Silver Award for Impact Through Partnership for our outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the young people they work with every day. The Legacy Project is our supported internship programme for young adults with additional needs, learning disabilities and/ or physical disabilities, who are living and learning in Skelmersdale and surrounding areas. The project works collaboratively with the community, business partners and the local college, and is founded on the core principles of empowering and enabling, to promote cohesion and a workforce of young people who are supported to make a valued contribution to their society. Delphside Primary School are a proud business partner of Divine Days Community CIC, collaborating to provide several workplace internship placements for The Legacy Project’s young people, and nominating us for this prestigious award. The Legacy Project has now been shortlisted to win one of just 16 Gold Awards, which will be announced and celebrated at a gala ceremony in London on 25 November and televised on the BBC, with winners showcased on The One Show. The honours have been announced on National Thank a Teacher Day, an annual event celebrating the role of educators across the UK for the valued role they play in communities and shaping young people. This year, students were joined by celebrities including Sir Michael Morpurgo, Edith Bowman, Bobby Seagull, Ore Oduba and Nadiya Hussain to mark their teachers’ achievements.
The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education run by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity now in its 25th year, that recognises the life-changing work that takes place in education, highlighting the vital role educators play and the work that’s delivered in schools, colleges and other education providers every day.
Katie Whitehead, Managing Director of Divine Days Community CIC says: “We are so humbled by the Award of the Silver Pearson Teaching award. Our work with Delphside Primary School has given us a great platform to showcase our interns with additional needs in a workplace and see them thrive. Our team of job coaches work tirelessly to ensure both the student and placement location is a place where everyone can thrive.
The nurtuting nature of Delphside school has ensured that the best of each intern is displayed and shows those children with SEN can aspire to achieve also. 2 of the 2021/22 interns gained paid employment at the school following the program, both of whom are thriving in this environment.”
Thank you to everybody who has played a part in the success and achievements of The Legacy Project. We can’t wait to attend the prestigious event in London in November and wish all of the finalists the best of luck!
Richard Whitehead - Baton of Hope
As a part of an aspiring ‘zero suicides policy’ #BatonOfHopeUK is aiming to be the biggest suicide awareness and prevention initiative the UK has ever seen, opening up necessary conversations and prompting appropriate actions. The specially designed baton is on tour in UK towns and cities for two weeks, raising the profile of this issue like never before.
Richard Whitehead, the Founder and Manager of Man-Archy for Men’s mental health, was asked to take part in this run, with the added honour of carrying the #batonofhope and was inspired by the support and involvement in this event. Richard said “This is a great opportunity to open the conversation about suicide in both men, women and children as everyone in the run has experienced the pain in regards to losing a love one to suicide. It’s great to see so many people wanting to help reduce the sitgma, and open up difficult conversations” The founders Mike McCarthy and Steve Phillip founded this run and the charity following the loss of their own sons. More information about the organisation and their goals can be on their website which you can access via the button below.
Can You Dance Teacher's Award - 2023
Wonderful news as we have just received the award for CYD: Excellence in work with SEND! We are extremely happy for our Dancers, Dance Tutors and everyone who works so hard to make sure there is a sense of community, sense of pride and dedication to making sure everyone has a safe space to be in. Knocking down walls in the field of dance and showing everyone should have an equal opportunity to express themselves!