4 November 2016

A Sheffield charity that supports disabled people has been shortlisted for a national prize and is the only one in Yorkshire to make the list.

Disability Sheffield is one of just 30 charities on The Guardian Charity Awards’ shortlist and was selected from almost 800 applicants.

The charity, based on Rockingham Lane in the city centre, has been providing essential services to disabled people in the city for more than three decades.

Emily Morton, Chief Executive of Disability Sheffield, said: “We provide support to disabled people in Sheffield and are all about breaking down barriers so that disabled people can live more independently.

”It’s really exciting to be shortlisted for the award which is showcasing the fantastic work the team does. We’re usually so busy doing what we do, that we don’t often get the chance to acknowledge the impact of our work.”

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries at Sheffield City Council, said: “Disability Sheffield is one of Sheffield’s fantastic charities which is making a big difference to people’s lives. It’s great that they’re being recognised nationally and I hope they go on to win the award.

“We’re lucky to have a strong voluntary sector in Sheffield and I am committed to doing everything I can to support it.”

The Guardian Charity Awards celebrate the success of small and medium-sized charities working to improve social wellbeing. Five winning charities will be announced at an event in central London on 13 December 2016.

Disability Sheffield is a disabled people’s user-led organisation. Visit www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk for more information.