14 November 2017

Manx Radio’s DreamCatcher appeal added another ‘hero’ to its Heroes in the Community programme thanks to Crossroads Care’s new award, Dedication to Equality and Diversity, sponsored by Celton Manx.

The award, which aims to recognise an organisation dedicated to employing, nurturing and empowering those with learning difficulties, went to Fryers Fish and Chips of Onchan, hailed as ‘a great example of an organisation that fully adapts to employ people with special needs’.

The small team at the family-run business includes a number of employees with learning difficulties working on the counter and behind the scenes. At the Heroes in the Community awards ceremony proprietor Shane Hesketh was presented with the award by Jackie Betteridge, CEO of Crossroads Care, who said: ‘Diversity and equality are all about reasonable adjustments and working out how to enable rather than disabling.  We work with adults and children of all abilities and their strength and talents never ceases to amaze me.  Fryers have done a fantastic job of making their business accessible to the public and their employees and they embrace how reasonable adjustments can make such a huge difference to someone’s life.  This award shows we can include everyone in our community and Celton Manx have been fantastic in their support of our vision.’

Earlier this year Crossroads Care received a 2017 Celton Manx Recognition award for its Crossroads Community Venture (CCV) social enterprise scheme which offers employment training and supported placements for adults with learning disabilities.

Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Crossroads Care is making great strides in helping to change attitudes towards people with learning difficulties and equipping them with practical skills to improve their life chances. Providing this ladder of opportunity leads to greater self-esteem and confidence so that they may realise their potential and become valued members of the community. Fryers is clearly a business that recognises the worthwhile contribution people with special needs can make to society.’

To find out more about the work of Crossroads Care visit crossroadsiom.org .

For information about how to make your business accessible, contact Crossroads Care’s Access office, tas@crossroadsiom.org, 673103.

Pictured: Crossroad Care CEO Jackie Betteridge presents Shane Hesketh of Fryers Fish and Chips with the Crossroads Care’s Dedication to Equality and Diversity award, sponsored by Celton Manx




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