Congratulations to Stephen Smith – Guardian Public Servant of the Year

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Lancashire County Council is today congratulating Stephen Smith after he won the prestigious Guardian Public Servant of the Year award.

Stephen, who lives in Clitheroe, was voted as the winner by members of the public.

The award recognises the contribution he has made campaigning on issues that have affected people with a learning disability in Lancashire over the last 25 years.

Stephen is employed as a project worker for the REACT service. This is commissioned by the county council to give people with a learning disability a voice to help shape services locally and share their views about issues that are important to them.

He also sits on the Lancashire Learning Disability Partnership Board and has chaired and participated in many meetings over the years, both in Lancashire and across the north west.

Stephen said: "I have worked for over 25 years to make sure people with learning disabilities can have their voices heard.

“Winning this award is a dream come true for me and I am over the moon."

County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "Congratulations to Stephen.

"This award shows that he's made a huge difference to the lives of people across the county and they have voted for him in their thousands.

"Stephen uses his experience and knowledge to help the county council and other local organisations to support people with disabilities in the best way they can."

Stephen has recently helped the Lancashire Learning Disability Partnership Board to develop Safety in Town, a scheme that provides safe places such as shops, bus stations and libraries, where people can go when they need to contact friends or family.

He's also played a key part in Friends and Relationships, a programme which supports people with disabilities to make friendships, to help them avoid becoming isolated or lonely.

County Councillor Driver added: "Stephen has worked very hard and made a tremendous contribution to his community. He should be very proud to be the Guardian Public Servant of the Year."

This latest award follows Stephen winning the regional Derek Russell Outstanding Leadership Award earlier this year at the North West Regional Forum Conference in Blackpool.

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