Catterick community group shortlisted for national award

Local community group Neurodiverse in Catterick Garrison (NDCC) has been shortlisted in the final of the National Diversity Awards.

The group is alongside seven others to win best community organisation for disability award.

The awards are hosted by ITV and the winner will be announced on Friday, September 15 at Liverpool Cathedral.

NDCC is run by neurodivergent volunteers who support neurodivergent adults, children and parents carers.

They offer a range of services including local support groups, online support, family events, FEAST summer clubs, youth groups, training for professionals and will be looking at starting an alternative education group very soon.

Lottie Coulson, from the group, said: “With such a lack of support in the area, NDCC offer support to many people including military families and civilian.

“People are now coming from further afield within North Yorkshire to attend the group as their ethos creates such a wholesome and safe environment for disabled people. Their ethos is to empower, be inclusive and create a safe community.

“Everyone who attends our groups are so thankful for creating a space just for them or their children; a space to truly be themselves without any judgement. It’s amazing to see how many lives we are touching by creating the group.”

Lottie added: “We look forward to attending the awards in September and hope to win so we can get more funding and support for the community.”