Epic Awards

The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year.

The 2020 Epic Awards closed for applications on 14 June 2020. This year, a diversity of inspiring groups and projects were awarded at our first virtual ceremony on Thursday 22 October. Discover the stories of each winner. Read more in our press release.

Each year, shortlisted entries are put forward for the highly coveted People's Choice Award while winners and runners-up from each of the four main categories (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) are selected by our panel of judges.

The Epic Awards are an annual chance for your creative group or project to be recognised for the incredible work you've done over the past year. 

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Roscommon Solstice Choir - BBC Breakfast

2017 People's Choice Award winners Roscommon Solstice Choir celebrating their win on BBC One's Breakfast show

Swadlincote Asperger’s Society< Back to Shortlist

Feeling frustrated by the lack of understanding, or opportunities, for vulnerable adults, a group of adults on the autism spectrum set up the Swadlincote Asperger’s Society four years ago. They began The Big Welcome Café - friendly, drop-in art therapy workshops offering others in the area the chance to meet new people and learn new skills.

The group have worked with a range of artists and have worked on projects including various crafts and zine making as well as creating a photography exhibition, a multi-media installation and staging a public performance event.

The group attracts people with a range of disabilities, mental health issues and those who are socially isolated. Being led by vulnerable adults, they create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. This friendly and supportive environment helps participants to overcome their anxieties and develop their creativity. Founding members have grown in confidence as leaders and now volunteer elsewhere in the community.


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