Rachel Butt, Outstanding Advocate!

Posted on 20th October 2016 by

Rachel with Outstanding Advocate award

Congratulations to Rachel Butt, our Interact Senior Advocate working with parents with learning disabilities, who has been honoured with the Outstanding Advocate award at the inaugural National Advocacy Awards.

Rachel works with parents with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove, many of whom struggle to get the support they need to care for their child. Advocacy helps people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

Rachel said:

“I’m deeply passionate about the work I’m able to do at Impetus and I’m thrilled to have the support of the advocacy sector. There is still a lot of work to do to secure the rights of parents with learning disabilities to enjoy their right to family life and this award has given me the confidence to keep pushing for change.”

Rachel cutting cake

Rachel cutting the cake at our office celebration

At the awards ceremony in Birmingham last week, Rachel was up against three others in the category which recognises people who truly make a difference to the world through their advocacy practice. The organisers said:

“We are looking to celebrate individuals whose contribution has directly led to improvements or change for people.”

Our Cancer Advocacy service, funded by Macmillan, was also shortlisted for an award in the Equality & Diversity category but was pipped to the post by an excellent and well-established service from Staffordshire.

Impetus CEO, Jo Ivens, said:

“We were so pleased to have been shortlisted in two categories, and absolutely delighted that Rachel won Outstanding Advocate. We believe firmly in the power of advocacy to make a difference to people’s lives, and getting this kind of recognition for our work is really important to us and our clients.”

Outstanding Advocate award and cake

Rachel’s Outstanding Advocate award and the celebratory cake side by side

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