A DEDICATED campaigner helping people with disabilities to share the spotlight has been nominated as a community champion.
Kim Mughan, 58, was praised for her outstanding contribution to the Performing Arts Impact outreach network and Impact Theatre Company, which has been based at various venues across the borough since 2000.
She was put forward by Lizzie Saunders, from Volunteer Centre Ealing, who said: “Kim has worked tirelessly and beyond all reasonable expectations to support the Impact Theatre.
“She is dedicated and devoted to her work and has had to battle to get premises for the theatre company to continue. I take my hat off to her. She sets a great example of endurance and excellence in all she does.”
Kim, a grandmother from Pinner, said: “Impact gives people with learning disabilities the chance to take part in activities and get a real sense of achievement.
“The expectations were quite low at first but they have got better over the years and audience expectation now is very high.
“People have improved in communication and confidence unrecognisably and challenging behaviour has been turned around.
“They have structure and meaning to their lives.”
She said it had been very challenging constantly having to find new premises, which are currently in Stirling Road, Acton, adding: “It would have been a great loss after all our work if we could not keep going.
“A lot of carers say it’s fantastic and their children want to get up in the morning to come here.”
Impact Theatre stages one major production a year and its outreach network runs workshops in the community.