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Furness General Hospital claims the top spot in the #NSID2023 competition!

From Twitter to Tik Tok and Facebook, we are thrilled to announce that we had over 2,000 posts about National Supported Internship Day.

#NSID2023 reached over 8.6 million people across the U.K and we know this had an impact.

With so many wonderful entries to our #NSID2023 social media competition, it was hard to pick just one winner, so we are proud to announce that the below social posts were particularly powerful and deserve to be featured as our amazing competition runners-up.

However, there can only be one champion who claims the top prize and following their incredible 8-hour hike across the three Wainwright summits, we are absolutely delighted to announce that:

Furness General Hospital in Barrow-in-Furness is the winner of our #NSID2023 competition!

Leanne Hirst, Project Search Coordinator, said: “This group wanted to help challenge the everyday misconceptions and pre-set work cultures that all-too-often unfairly shape the lives of young adults with a learning disability and autism across the UK by completing three Wainwright summits in the Lake District.

There is a place in the world for everyone and that includes the world of employment. This group of individuals wanted to demonstrate that having a disability does not define them or their ability to work. With the right support and guidance, anything is achievable which upholds the core values of National Supported Internships.”

Claire Cookson, DFN Project SEARCH CEO, said: “Congratulations to Furness General Hospital, the well-deserved winners of our National Supported Internship Day competition! It’s wonderful to see so many people picking up the #NSID2023 banner.

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part, from our wonderful partners and job coaches to supporting families and inspirational interns. You all made #NSID2023 a true success and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.”

You can read the full article on how DFN Project SEARCH Barrow interns hiked to raise awareness on supported internships here.