Thanks to the votes of our supporters, My Life My Choice is one of the winners of the 2017 Aviva Awards.
This means we will get £4800 to help support Stingray nightclub. This is the second year in a row that we have won an award through this scheme.
We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted. Without your support we would not have won.
Stingray (named after the charity’s founder Ray Metcalfe) is a monthly for people with learning disabilities. It was established in 2007 and attracts over 200 people to each event. It is the only user-led nightclub for people with learning disabilites in Oxfordshire and one of only a handful across the country.
Many people with learning disabilities experience social isolation, with many only leaving their homes for a couple of hours each day. The Stingray nightclub provides a fun environment for people to meet new friends, socialise, dance and learn new skills (as DJs, for example). A team of people with learning disabilities receive support to manage the project, taking care of financial matters, safety, and PR – they make all the key decisions.
The funding from Aviva will help to pay the support staff needed to help make sure the club runs safely and smoothly for another 12 months.
Don't believe us? Here are members of the Stingray management team talking about why they are involved...