Gill Springgay has been nominated in the Positive Role Model category at the National Diversity Awards 2019 for her work in styling and providing makeup for transgender women.

Helping transgender women with their transition was not something Gill Springgay had initially intended to do when she launched her image consultancy service.

But when a male friend unexpectedly asked her to do his makeup, she realised there was no image consultancy service for a person who was transgender. She changed her client focus and launched Makeover Girl Reinvent Yourself, working with males who are transitioning or have already transitioned.

Now, following 10 years of helping male clients make the first steps towards transitioning into a female, she has been nominated in the Positive Role Model category at the National Diversity Awards 2019.

Gill, who works from her studio at her Eccleston home, says: “I used to be a housing officer for Chorley Council and I got made redundant. I always had a vision to set up a makeover and image consultancy business as I have always been interested in hair and makeup ever since I was a little girl.

“I studied at night school and set up a website.“A male friend came to me and asked if I could do his makeup and make him look female. He came to my home and we had a talk about how he would looking terms of clothes, hair and makeup and. I was completely amazed at how feminine I could make him look. He was happy and I thought I had a talent for it. I saw the possibility of what I could do.”

Gill began seeking out transgender support groups and visited the Manchester Concord social group, offering demonstrations every month. She adds: “I have never had any female clients. I decided to focus on transgender women. There are a lot of people who need my help and I have lots of clients in transition.”

Gill’s work reaches beyond teaching about hair and makeup, as she helps her clients become more confident in their new look and accept who they are. She adds: “I go out shopping with my clients and quite often it is their first step out. “I give them the ability to see themselves as females, rather than a man in drag. They never thought they could look feminine until I teach them how. “I give my clients makeup tutorials and look at their body shape so I can tell them what clothes suit them. I do a colour analysis and as I stock wigs to suit their face shape and skin tone.”

Gill develops strong friendships with her clients and supports them through their transitional journey.She adds: “I am not a trained counsellor but I can support my clients as I listen to them and help them feel relaxed. In some cases, I am the first person they have told about transitioning.
“I have a few links with gender clinics and counsellors where I can signpost people to.

“Not everyone is in transition. Quite a lot of clients seem to be the same age – in their 40s, 50s and 60s – who are married and have had children. “They have struggled to keep their identity in and are scared to make the first step. “It is hard enough dealing with their image as they thought they were male and they are now presenting themselves as female. Even though the concept is more accepted in society, it is still terrifying for the person. But when they are fully dressed they feel more relaxed as their brain is telling them they are a woman.”

Gill has more than 100 clients from all over the UK and has people coming from as far as London, Ireland and Scotland. She has also written various magazine articles on the subject and was poised to take part in a Channel Four documentary until her client no longer wished to take part.

Gill, who has two daughters aged 14 and 12, says: “I was the first image consultant exclusively for transgender women and I offer a specialist service so I have clients from quite far. I have links to a local B&B so people can stay overnight. I had Channel Four filming in my home as part of The Making Of Me. I was supposed to be on episode four but my client pulled out so we didn’t get aired.

“I have been lucky enough to have been invited several times to judge Miss Transliving in Eastbourne and Miss Rose Pageant in Scarborough, donating prizes and offering my sponsorship. I also attended the Beaumont Society Harrogate events for several years offering my services and sponsorship. I also voluntarily wrote regular fashion and beauty articles for their magazine. My service has grown and grown, so much so I have been mentored by Virgin, who is helping me upgrade my website and promote my business. I have been asked to represent them via their Virgin.com website, as they are big advocates of diversity.”

Part of Gill’s aim is to educate people about transgender and make the notion more accepted.
She adds: “My aim is to break down barriers and show it is normal. People who are transgender are no different to anybody else.”

Gill now needs your votes to be shortlisted for the next stage of the National Diversity Awards 2019, which take place at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 20.
To vote, visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate. Voting closes May 31 and the shortlisted nominees will be announced soon after that.

Source – Written by Natalie Walker as featured in The Lancashire Post  – https://www.lep.co.uk/news/people/how-eccleston-mum-has-been-helping-to-style-and-inspire-transgender-women-through-her-makeover-girl-reinvent-yourself-image-consultancy-1-9786731

YORK charity Accessible Arts & Media is in the running for a National Diversity Award 2019.

Based at Sanderson House, Bramham Road, Chapelfields, the charity has been nominated in the Community Organisation category.

Kelly Langford, project manager and marketing coordinator, said: “These awards celebrate the excellent achievements of grassroots communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work,so it’s a real honour for us to have been nominated.”

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will play host to the awards ceremony on September 20, when “Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation”, recognising nominees in their respective fields of diversity, whether age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Accessible Arts & Media (AAM)has been running inclusive arts and media learning programmes in and around York since 1982. At present the focus is on projects for learning disabled young people and adults, older people living with dementia and memory loss and people with mental ill health, with the aim of helping people to develop the skills and confidence to become involved in their community and have more of a say in what matters to them.

Creative director Rose Kent said: “We’re incredibly proud that our work’s been recognised with a nomination for a National Diversity Award. The awards are all about celebrating inclusion and diversity, which is what we do every day at AAM. We believe that everyone can learn, everyone can be creative, and everyone can contribute to their local community; they just need the right support. It would mean the world to us to win the award and put York on the map as an inclusive city.”

The National Diversity Awards receive more than 25,000 nominations and votes annually. Nominations for who should win are now open and will close on May 31; shortlisted nominees will be announced in June. The judging panel will take the number of nominations received for each nominee into account when making its decision. “Don’t miss out on your chance to get involved and support Accessible Arts & Media,” urged Rose.

To nominate Accessible Arts & Media and explain why you think they should win an award, visit nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/23007 or email emma@nationaldiversityawards.co.uk for a nomination form.

Source – Written by Charles Hutchinson as featured in The York Press – https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17653916.york-charity-accessible-arts-nominated-for-national-diversity-award/

Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia to name but a few. They’re all conditions we’ve heard of, but there’s now a word to describe them all.

‘Neurodiversity’ refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information.

According to the Department of Education, 15% of students in the UK have a what’s called ‘learning difference’, and now a 16-year old girl wants to honour them all – with the creation of ‘Neurodiversity Celebration Week’.

Many neurodivergent adults look back on their school days in a negative light. They spent much of their time at school feeling embarrassed and humiliated. Speaking to ITV News, Siena Castellon says often students with neurodiversities are made to feel like failures.

She says their ability to fulfil their potential is threatened by the stigma associated with having an educational need, and the misconceptions many people still have about those with a learning difference.

Siena is on a mission to break down those barriers.

She’s set up a website dedicated to the inaugural week, and so far almost 300 schools across the UK have pledged their support.

They will either organise lessons to educate the wider student population about Neurodiversity, or will hang up posters around their schools to raise awareness.

The idea for the week came up after Siena found comfort in Anti-Bullying Week. She’d been bullied at school for having a number of learning differences.

Just like the national Anti-Bullying Week, she wanted Neurodiversity to have the same platform.

Being neurodivergent includes having ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia and more.

All forms of neurodivergence bring strengths as well as difficulties. The creation of this week hopes to celebrate those strengths.

“In order to help us to flourish, I believe schools should stop focusing only on what we cannot do and should begin to acknowledge and celebrate the many positive aspects of being neurodiverse.“It is important for schools to recognise our many strengths: our creativity, innovation, ability to think outside-the-box, problem-solving skills, unique insights and perspectives, perseverance and resilience.”– SIENA CASTELLON, FOUNDER

 

Arundel resident Charlotte Twinley, 21, has been nominated for a Positive Role Model for disabilities at the National Diversity Awards. Charlotte was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) when she was 15 years old. EDS is a connective tissue disorder, affecting all of the collagen in the body which supports joints, muscles and organs. This caused her to have severe digestive complications. This greatly affected her life, causing her to stop being able to take part in sports. This all led her to develop anxiety, depression and anorexia.

Soon after, Charlotte had to leave university, and have a completely liquid diet for a year, until she had surgery to get a stoma bag. Now Charlotte uses social media and the internet to help others who are going through similar problems, spread awareness and end the stigma towards stomas, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and mental health problems.

Charlotte said: “Now, less than a year into having my stoma, I’m able to go out and eat and, what’s even more important, I want to eat and finally fully appreciate food again. I finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I’m raising awareness for EDS and chronic illness and helping those who are in a similar situation as I was as much as I can on Instagram.

I worked with Barcroft TV to produce a video on YouTube and Snapchat about EDS and my ileostomy – highlighting the fact that it’s not just people with cancer, crohns and colitis that have a stoma. The YouTube video has over 203,000 views and I received 60+ messages on social media about my video after it was released on Snapchat, all of which I replied to. I’m taking part and modelling for campaigns about body image and health conditions, like a campaign organised by Love Disfigure and NuNude outside of Victoria’s Secret for more inclusivity – this became viral with Huffpost, LadBible, Daily Mail and People writing articles about it, as well as many others around the world.

In January 2019, I was part of an article in Glamour Paris talking about how I raise awareness for stomas on Instagram. I have also set up my own website, sharing my story and have started to blog about various topics; such as diversity, disabilities and mental health. I’m dedicated to raise awareness for mental health, for eating disorders, for body dysmorphia, for body confidence, for diversity and for encouraging people to love and accept their bodies the way they are. I want to be the girl I needed to see when I was struggling. I want to be the best role model I can be.”

If you would like to vote for Charlotte for you can do so herehttps://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/22295/

You can also follow her on her blog and Instagram.

Source – www . Sussex Local . Net

 

THREE influential role models have been nominated for a prestigious national award.

A police sergeant, an MP’s inspirational caseworker and a Whitefield mum who was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 12 have all been nominated in the UK’ largest Diversity Awards.

Sgt Abed Hussain, who has served with Greater Manchester Police for 24 years, and Ummrana Farooq, a caseworker for MP James Frith, have been nominated for being positive role models for race, religion and faith.

Mum-of-six Emma Murphy, from Whitefield, has been nominated as a positive role model in the disability category. Based on her own experiences, Emma has been campaigning to raise awareness of the dangers of taking Epilim — one of the registered trade names of the anti-epilepsy drug sodium valporate.

Mrs Farooq, aged 43, said: “I am keen to leave a lasting legacy in the Bury community and I aspire to be a great role model to my own children and to wider society.”

The mum-of-five said “her life changed completely” after she began working as a caseworker for James Frith, MP for Bury North, handling asylum and immigration enquiries for constituents.

She had previously worked at Bury Carer’s Centre, organising various multicultural events, with a focus on promoting equality and diversity.

As her influence expanded, Mrs Farooq has also been appointed fundraiser for Muslim Hands charity, parent governor at The Derby High School and St Thomas’s Primary School, as well as the chief BAME co-ordinator for the Bury North Labour Party.

Mrs Farooq added: “I have been asked how I manage being a British Pakistani Muslim wife, mother, friend, work colleague and community volunteer. To give inspiration to other women, especially the ethnic minority, I recently started a blog of my inspirational journey, hoping to reach out to the women worldwide.”

Meanwhile, Sgt Hussain is recognised for his work to build relationships between members of the police force, faith leaders and young people.

He created Bury’s LGBT Rainbow Walks and first ever Pride march. He also set up the Bury Muslim Forum, which has helped to increase the understanding and reporting of domestic abuse and other issues, and planning the multi-faith Collabor8e event.

In December 2018, he received a Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in recognition of his contributions to policing.

This year’s Diversity Awards, which recognise role models of diversity within various fields, will take place at Liverpool Cathedral on September 20.

Source – Written by a Bury Times Reporter as featured in The Bury Times – https://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/17643626.influential-role-models-from-bury-nominated-for-diversity-award/

 

Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League Top of the table win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday was dedicated to the work of Kick It Out as the organisation marks its 25th anniversary this season.

For the past two-and-a-half decades, Kick It Out has been at the heart of the drive towards equality, inclusion and cohesion for everyone who plays, watches or works in football.

Formed as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ in 1993, the organisation – which works alongside partners including The FA, the Premier League, the English Football League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation – continues to fight all forms of discrimination in the game.

Kick It Out provides a clear, independent voice within the game to challenge discrimination and exclusion, as well as education for professional players, clubs, fans and grassroots organisations.

It also offers mentoring and guidance to help underrepresented groups participate in football and secure opportunities to develop a career in the game, and has established an equality framework for professional clubs to support the development of equality practices and policies and enabled more effective reporting and investigating of complaints of discriminatory abuse through its pioneering app.

The campaign for equality continues throughout the 2018-19 season and beyond, challenging discrimination and playing a part in shaping a fair and inclusive future for everyone who loves football.

“For all those at the game today who work for and represent Kick It Out, be it as full-time staff or volunteers, we are all incredibly grateful for the work you do in trying to make football better for everyone.

“When we wear the T-shirts, see the slogans on the LEDs and hear the public-address system announcements it’s important to remember this is just a small part of it and the effort we have made collectively must be constant.

“We all have a part to play and it’s important we do so.” – Jordan Henderson, Liverpool Captain.

Kick it out won the Community Organisation Award for Race at the 2018 National Diversity Awards in Liverpool!

Source – www . Liverpool Football Club . com

At the age of 20 I was diagnosed with ADHD. After a lifetime of zoning out at inappropriate times, losing purses and keys three times a week and trying to do twenty things at any one time (and ultimately finishing none of them) I finally had an explanation for why my brain works the way it does.

It is believed that 1.5 million adults have ADHD in the UK, although only 120,000 have been formally diagnosed, this is relatively unsurprising for a number of reasons.

ADHD is often framed as a childhood disorder. It affects school children who are loud, and boisterous is a narrative that is too often presented, leading people, myself included, to believe they can’t possibly have the disorder and consequently not seek diagnosis or treatment.

ADHD is present in three forms: the hyperactive form, the inattentive form and the joint form. Once again, the hyperactive symptoms are commonly highlighted in the media whilst the inattentive form is commonly overlooked. Women more frequently have the inattentive form of ADHD (although both women and men can have any form) and this could account for the gender imbalance in terms of diagnosis. On average, six times as many men are diagnosed with ADHD compared to women in the UK. Many researchers believe the actual difference is more likely to be very minor, a ratio of 1:1.6 in females to males with ADHD. As is evident from these statistics we can infer that many women, unfortunately, go undiagnosed.

It is known that ADHD is regularly misdiagnosed as mood disorders in women. Comorbidities are common in all people with ADHD and as women are more likely to have the inattentive form of ADHD, they are often diagnosed without note of the ADHD alongside it.

In the UK very little NHS funding goes towards ADHD diagnosis and treatment, in relation to other neurodiversity’s. I am currently on a waiting list for treatment that is three years long, after already waiting two years for a diagnosis; and I am not in one of the worst-off areas in the country. Tales of people waiting seven years for a diagnosis are not unusual and, as a result it is no wonder people do not get diagnosed with what is the most common behavioural disorder in the country.

At the 2018 National Diversity Awards the ADHD Foundation won our community organisation award for disability. My reasons above explain why organisations like this are so vital to the wellbeing of people who find themselves struggling with this disorder, and also why it is crucial to raise awareness and understanding of ADHD.

The ADHD Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improve emotional well-being, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD. Alongside this they also provide training for GP’s, Teachers, Social Care agencies and other professionals, raising awareness to bring about positive change and inclusion in mental health, education and employment.

They run training courses and conferences to discuss how to support students with ADHD and also how to cope as an adult with ADHD. By providing information about what ADHD is, how it can be treated and how you can support people with ADHD, they create a more inclusive and accessible world for those with this neurological disease. They also have researchers working alongside them to explore treatment protocols for ADHD and how effective they are.

The work the ADHD foundation does makes life a little less hard for both children and adults like myself, and it is wonderful that the National Diversity Awards were able to highlight the exceptional work they carry out across Europe.

If you want to find out more about this fantastic organisation, and for further information on the services they offer you can visit their website at https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/

Source – Robin Leak I Inclusive Companies

Organised by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) the event in Brighton is the first of its kind in the South East.

It takes place on Wednesday at the BMECP (Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership) Centre in the city’s Fleet Street.

Millie Simms, a senior RCN officer, said: “For the last few years we have had a Black History Month event in the West Midlands to raise the profile of black and minority health staff and celebrate their contributions.

“This year, we are hosting celebrations in all nine of our UK regions, including the South East.

“This will hopefully be the first of many annual conferences.”

Millie’s reasons for helping organise the event come from her own experiences as a nurse.

She said: “I came over to the UK 20 years ago from South Africa so I can connect with the adaptations and changes you have to make when coming to England.

“I started in King’s College Hospital, London, and I really struggled with the accent and dialect.

“I couldn’t understand the patients and they couldn’t understand me.”

However, Millie found she got on well with everyone in the hospital.

She said: “The patients were, as the name suggests, very patient with me and they would always repeat things if I needed it and help me out.”

The event will recognise and celebrate the British black,

Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) contribution to health and social care over the past 70 years.

Millie said: “We want to look after staff coming from abroad, show that it can be done and support the NHS, that’s where my passion comes from.”

There will be interactive sessions throughout the day alongside a line-up of speakers that includes Paulette Lewis, president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, and Rajay

Herkanaidu, who will talk

about his journey from asylum seeker to senior manager in the NHS.

The event is open to everyone.

Millie said: “Although the title says Black History Month, and people might think this

excludes them, as long as you have been affected by the Bame community then you are welcome.

“If you’re celebrating diversity then everyone should be welcome.”

 

Source – The Argus . co .uk

“When I was at school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I grew up,” says Theresa Esan.

“I didn’t have many role models that inspired me.

“There were big international figures like Nelson Mandela and Oprah, but none that I could relate to locally.”

It was because of a lack of local black role models when she was a child that Theresa decided to become a governor at a sixth form college in the London borough of Havering.

Teresa, who has been a governor for nine months, is now helping to front a campaign by the charity Governors for Schools aimed at encouraging greater diversity on school governing boards across England.

The charity works to match skilled and committed volunteers with schools looking for governors.

Why is the charity encouraging diversity?

In a survey of 5,300 governors, conducted by the National Governance Association and the Times Educational Supplement in 2017, 94% of respondents gave their ethnicity as white.

The survey noted that this is “considerably narrower than the averages shown in the census (86% white) and the backgrounds of pupils attending state-funded schools (75% white)”.

Louise Cooper, CEO of Governors for Schools, said: “Breaking down stereotypes and challenging preconceptions of what people think school governors are, is vital in encouraging diversity on governing boards.

“Different viewpoints and skills bring the challenge governing boards need, which in turn provides more rigorous debate in making difficult decisions and ensuring effective governance.”

What does Theresa say?

For Theresa, it’s crucial that children see people like them in positions of influence.

“Growing up in Hampshire there was nobody like me that I could look up to, apart from my mother, ” she says.

“Children and young adults need to be inspired early on in their lives.

“It’s so important that they see people of their own gender and ethnicity and background in senior roles – it helps them to aspire and dream and know things are possible.”

Her view is backed up by Cecilia from Haringey in London.

“I wanted to give back to my former local community. I grew up in Haringey and wanted to contribute to a school that’s making great progress and doing amazing things for children in the borough.

“Most people think I’m quite young to be a governor. But I’ve been able to provide a perspective as a young black woman.

“I’ve made other governors aware of the specific challenges young people in Haringey face, in terms of their relationships not just with education, but within the local community too.”

Theresa, who has been awarded an MBE for services to further education, says she has learnt a lot from her time as a school governor.

“One of the best parts of being a governor is meeting lots of talented and ambitious young people. You can learn so much by talking to them.”

How many vacancies are there?

There are approximately a quarter of a million people volunteering as governors in schools in England.

Governors for Schools currently has 2,721 vacancies across England, and 2,535 of those are outside London.

The charity says the south-east tends to have the most vacancies as it is more densely populated than other areas, and has a high volume of schools.

What does being a governor involve?

Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor and you do not have to be a parent. Governors have three main responsibilities:

  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is well spent
  • holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • ensuring the school has a clear vision, ethos and direction.

 

Source – BBC News

British horse racing have vowed to make the sport “more inclusive” after July’s launch of their diversity action plan.

But will riders from inner-city communities and ethnic minorities continue to face barriers in the sport?

On Monday, BBC Inside Out West will feature a documentary with 15-year-old Muslim Anas Rhyman from Gloucester, following his dream to become a jockey.

“This sport is not white only and never has been,” Hamilton Park’s racing manager Sulekha Varma told BBC Sport.

Varma, who is a member of the British Horseracing Authority’s [BHA] diversity in racing steering group, added: “We have to recognise that there have been barriers in the past.

“It [racing] is diverse to an extent, but we want to make it more inclusive. But we are in for the long haul. We’re not expecting to turn this around in 12 months.”

The BHA’s steering group, which contains 16 individuals from the racing industry, was set up in November 2017 after a report highlighted prejudice and barriers limiting the development of women in racing.

The governing body will appoint a new head of diversity and inclusion in the coming weeks.

“We already know that the betting public within betting shops are a very diverse group of people, but we’re not necessarily seeing them come to the racecourses,” Varma continued.

“We’re also looking at it from a racing-workforce perspective, not just jockeys, but stable staff, racecourse staff and the make-up of boards at the big players in the industry, at every single level.

“We want to make sure that we’re attracting as broad a range of people to come and work in the sport as we can.”

Rhyman, who is from Tredworth in Gloucester, trains at St James City Farm & Riding School in the city, run by Imran Atcha, and competed in a junior race at Cheltenham in March.

The riding school is one of five across the country to have recently received funding from the Pony Racing Authority to help make racing more accessible for inner-city children who do not own a pony.

You can watch the full documentary on BBC One in the West from 19:30 BST on Monday, 8 October, while the programme will also be available afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

 

Source – BBC News

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