Last week, Dimensions announced the final Learning Disability and Autism Leaders List 2019, shining a spotlight on one incredible young man who is uniting the people of Warrington.
Meet Ciaran: Winner of the ‘Local Communities’ category
At just 26, Ciaran is making waves in Warrington through his vastly successful monthly film club, held at the Fairfield and Howley Community Centre, with support from MacIntyre's Great Communities Project.
After attending MacIntyre's Great Communities 'Friendship Group' in 2018 and finding joy in contributing, Ciaran wanted to do more for his community.
Born from Ciaran's enthusiasm for film, combined with his desire to unite people who may not be able to afford a cinema ticket, 'Ciaran's Autism Friendly Film Club' has gone from strength to strength since launching this year. It isn't just an opportunity for film buffs to come together to watch a themed blockbuster, it's a chance for people in the community with learning disabilities and/or autism to feel empowered and connected over a common passion.
Since launching the film club, Ciaran's confidence has skyrocketed. Ciaran has gone beyond contributing to just his local community and has since developed his voice, representing not only those in Warrington but people with learning disabilities and/or autism across the country, by attending many Social Care Futures events.
Speaking about Ciaran's achievements, Peter Connor, MacIntyre's Great Communities Manager in Warrington said:
"He is an inspiration to all of us, with his enthusiasm and self-motivation to make a difference and contribute to the people he represents in the local community."
Reflecting on his achievements, Ciaran added:
“For me, it’s such an honour to be nominated for this award and I’m feeling very proud to be recognised for the work I do with my film club in our local community, as I really enjoy it.”
Well done, Ciaran!