Sajid Rashid BEM has won the ‘One to Watch’ award at the seventh annual British Muslim Awards.

A Burton-on-Trent philanthropist has won the ‘One to Watch’ award at the seventh annual British Muslim Awards.

Sajid Rashid BEM is regarded as one of Britain’s most inspirational figures scooping many of the UK’s top national accolades including The National Diversity Awards & JCI UK’s Ten Outstanding Young Person (TOYP) awards.

“It’s an honour and privilege to accept this award. Firstly I would like to thank the Lord almighty for

everything he has blessed me with and congratulations to all the finalists and winners, win or lose, in my eyes you are all winners. It people such as yourselves that put the ‘Great’ back into Great Britain,” said Sajid.

The awards were held at the Bradford Hotel with more than 300 of the most remarkable British Muslims shortlisted as finalists.

The awards were held to recognise a wide range of achievements from outstanding Muslim individuals across the UK who positively impact business, charity, sport, arts, culture, religious advocacy, education and medicine among others, and simultaneously and unknowingly battle negative stereotypes every day.

The awards endeavour to showcase the strength of the British Muslim community, the impact it has on culture and its achievements over the last year as well as highlighting the significant role Muslims play in contributing to a better Britain.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Oceanic Consulting said: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners and every finalist from the seventh British Muslim Awards 2019. Every year I think we’ve seen the best the British Muslim community has to offer but every year I’m blown away by just how special the talent is and just how hard people work to service their communities. I already look forward to seeing what next year has to offer; I have no doubt that the Muslim community will continue to thrive and act as leaders for future generations to come.”

Source – www . Derby Telegraph . co . uk

 

England’s match with Switzerland will be broadcast in black and white to mark the 25th anniversary of football’s anti-racism campaign Kick It Out.

Sky Sports will show the first 25 seconds of the international friendly fixture at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in monochrome, marking the first time in half a century that an England match has been broadcast in black and white.

Starting with the teams entering the pitch before the 8pm kick-off, the footage will switch from colour to recognise Kick It Out’s anniversary and the impact the organisation has made in addressing racism and discrimination since 1993.

Paul Elliott, The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board Chairman, said: “Kick It Out have been a catalyst for the change in English football both on and off the pitch and we’re delighted to celebrate their inspirational work in promoting football for all.

“Hopefully the footage will encourage the millions of viewers at home to spend at least 25 seconds thinking about the importance of diversity in this beautiful game of ours.”

The FA has dedicated Tuesday’s fixture between England and Switzerland to Kick It Out with England players showing their support by wearing branded t-shirts in the warm up and entering the pitch with mascots nominated by the organisation.

Kick It Out was then established as a body in 1997 as it widened its objectives to cover all aspects of inequality and exclusion.

Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, said: “We hope the footage will be a powerful reminder of how far football has come in the last 25 years to make the game a more open and diverse place – welcoming to all regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.”

The FA has recently launched it’s ‘In Pursuit of Progress’ plan – a three-year focus designed to ensure better diversity ‘from boot-room to boardroom.’ By 2021 it aims to have 20% of its coaches coming from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Source – The Telegraph

THE ADHD Foundation has been shortlisted for the Community Organisation Award for Disability at the National Diversity Awards 2018. The charity has been recognised for its ground-breaking work supporting children, young people and their families living with ADHD. The awards ceremony will take place at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on 14 September.

National Diversity Awards (NDA) celebrates the achievements of people and organisations that tackle diversity issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work. The awards are for people who inspire other individuals through their work, through their commitment to helping others, through their infectious personalities and through adversity.

The ADHD Foundation is the largest ‘user led’ ADHD agency in Europe and is credited with influencing policy and provision in the UK for those living with ADHD and co-existing conditions. The Foundation also stages the largest annual multidisciplinary conference on ADHD attended by over 800 delegates from the UK and Europe each year.

The nomination recognises the Foundation’s work in promoting scientific evidence, its role in the creation of UK and European impact reports and the tireless campaigning which have helped to change attitudes in the UK, influencing national policy, provision and best practice, reducing stigma and stereotyping and in so doing, improving life chances for those with ADHD.

One example of the Foundation’s campaigning work is the Umbrella Project – promoting ‘neurodiversity’ involving children with ADHD and autism celebrating their ‘super powers’, talents and employability with a public art project which saw hundreds of brightly coloured umbrellas above the streets of Liverpool and Media City, Salford.

Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive of ADHD Foundation, said: “In just over ten years the ADHD Foundation has the largest user led service of its kind in the UK. This nomination is recognition of the work our whole organisation does to support over 3,000 families across the UK each year, 50,000 families who use their social media and the training we provide to a further 4,000 teachers and healthcare professionals. We hope this nomination will help bring further attention to our objectives of challenging negative perceptions, bringing about positive change and inclusion within policy and Build a positive foundation for life for people living with ADHD.”

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added: “So many heartfelt testimonies really showcased how these people and organisations are having a profound impact on the lives of others, and I applaud them for their dedication to each specific cause. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage and I am honoured to share this with the nation. I look forward to congratulating you in person in September”.

To view a full list of nominees visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist

Source: Good News Liverpool

A serving police officer from Hertfordshire Constabulary has been shortlisted for the Positive Role Model Award for Disability at this year’s National Diversity Awards (NDAs).

A total of 24,584 people were nominated for NDAs this year and 124 nominees from across the country are being recognised for their achievements.

Community organisations and role models will head to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 14 to witness the winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

Among those being honoured are freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans-rights activists, all of whom work to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.

Rob Gurney, who has been shortlisted along with seven others for the Positive Role Model Award for Disability, said: “I had no idea that I had been nominated for this award and it is a great honour, not only for myself but for the police service and Hertfordshire Constabulary in particular. It demonstrates wonderful recognition of the unseen work of voluntary disability networks providing peer support across the UK.”

Rob is both the founder and current national President of the Disabled Police Association. Until June this year he led Hertfordshire Constabulary’s internal disability group – Herts Disability & Carers Network – and speaks out on behalf of disabled people working in the police service both locally and nationally.

Rob suffered life changing injuries whilst protecting members of the public at the scene of a serious road collision on the M25 motorway on April 15, 2001. Following years of rehabilitation, he returned to operational duty as a police officer and is passionate about expounding the skills, experience and abilities that people with difference can bring to policing. That’s what led him to launch the national Disabled Police Association back in 2012.

Over the last 17 years, Rob has supported many colleagues who have been injured or have become ill during police service. This is a voluntary role that he continues with great enthusiasm.

Nationally, Rob acts as the strategic link between the disability support groups within police forces across the UK and related national policing bodies such as the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the College of Policing, unions and the Police Federation.

In addition to his strategic role speaking out for disabled people, Rob is still working at grass roots level providing confidential peer support to a number of disabled, ill and injured people across the UK. Over time Rob has championed the introduction of policy changes that benefit those with assistance dogs that come into contact with the police.

He has worked in a variety of roles across the county ranging from frontline policing to major crime investigation and he previously served as staff officer to the Chief Constable.

Outside of work, Rob is renowned for promoting the ability of disabled people in society and he is well known for supporting the work of national disability charities such as Canine Partners, with whom he has built a strong bond over many years. He continues to campaign for better access for assistance dog users to taxis and licensed premises, highlighting legislative protection from discrimination. In addition to his charitable work Rob has conducted internationally acclaimed research into traffic technology and also has a doctorate in engineering.

Hertfordshire Constabulary disability champion Superintendent Dean Patient said: “I am delighted that Rob’s work has been recognised in this way. He works tirelessly to support and promote disability awareness and inclusion, ensuring not only that our staff with a difference can reach their full potential but also that we ensure that the public have full and unhindered access to policing services.”

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDAs continue to be endorsed by high profile figures such as Stephen Fry,

Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton.

Radio 2 presenter and Scissor Sister favourite Ana Matronic will host this year’s ceremony alongside television presenter Brian Dowling.

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added: “Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage and I am honoured to share this with the nation. I look forward to congratulating you in person in September.”

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Source: Hertfordshire Police

A St Albans ‘charity champion’ has been nominated for a national award for her work helping families of children with ADHD and autism.

Anne Ross set up the St Albans-based charity ADD-Vance in 1996, and since then the charity has expanded to support families of children affected by ADHD, autism and related conditions across Hertfordshire by offering training, coaching, support groups, a helpline and Facebook groups.

A local parent nominated Anne anonymously for a Lifetime Achiever Award at the National Diversity Awards, which will be held in Liverpool on Friday, September 14. After the initial nomination, hundreds of other parents voted for Anne in recognition of the difference she has made to their families.

Anne was also honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s birthday honours list, in recognition of her service to families of young people with special needs.

Speaking about her nomination for the Diversity Award, Anne said: “I am so thrilled and honoured to have been shortlisted for this award and would like to thank everyone who voted for me to get this far.

“Over 20 years ago I started ADD-Vance out of my own back room. Today it is a county-wide organisation offering help to thousands of families every year.

“I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my own family and the wonderful team of staff and volunteers that made the charity’s efforts possible. Thank you so much!”

As part of the nomination process, members of the public were asked to leave quotes explaining why they voted for Anne.

One of the anonymous comments said: “Anne Ross is a lady who has the admiration of many. She started the charity ADD-Vance ADHD and Autism Trust over 20 years ago from a telephone line at her house.

“The charity has grown and supports families across Hertfordshire, provides coaching, training, support groups and a telephone support line. At a time when it may feel like your family is falling apart the ADD-Vance team offer help, support and an understanding ear. Anne Ross has created this amazing charity and she has campaigned tirelessly for support, change, education and understanding, amongst parents and professionals.”


Source: Hertsad

Former Alfred Salter Primary School deputy head Shaun Dellenty has been shortlisted for the LGBT role model award in this year’s National Diversity Awards.

A former Rotherhithe deputy headteacher who ‘came out’ as gay to his whole school in response to homophobic bullying has been shortlisted for a diversity award.

Shaun Dellenty, who left his post as deputy headteacher of Alfred Salter Primary School last year, has been shortlisted for the positive LGBT role model award in this year’s National Diversity Awards.

In 2009, in response to homophobic bullying in his own school, the 50 year old ‘came out’ to the whole school community and devised a pioneering training and awareness strategy ‘Inclusion For All’ for education staff in primary, secondary and faith schools.

Shaun has personally trained education staff and teachers in schools and at initial teacher training faculties, and also works with a range of teacher trade unions, local authorities, and anti-bullying, human rights and hate crime faith organisations.

On being shortlisted for the award Shaun, who fought off fierce competition from 24,584 other nominees, said: “Having followed the incredible an inspiring diversity and inclusion work that so many of this year’s nominees have been undertaking, I am incredibly humbled and honoured to find myself on the shortlist.

“We must never rest on our laurels in terms of furthering equality and seeking to bring education, understanding, compassion and acceptance to the richness of natural human diversity.

“Learning about our potential for prejudice as human beings from the earliest opportunity and working with it positively can defuse its toxicity.

“Sincere thanks to those who nominated my work or wrote testimonials – your support is hugely appreciated.”

The National Diversity Awards 2018 will be held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 14.

To read more about Shaun’s work, visit:www.inclusionforall.co.uk


Source – Southwark News

RadioReverb, Brighton & Hove’s not for profit radio station, has been shortlisted for the ‘Community Organisation Award: Multi-Strand’ at the National Diversity Awards 2018.

A total of 24,584 people have been nominated this year, with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.

Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breath-taking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 14th September to witness the country’s 2018 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

A radio station with its ethos rooted in the Brighton community, RadioReverb aims to ensure the voices of local people are heard – especially if they are from social groups under-represented by the mainstream media.

RadioReverb produces a diverse range of speech and music programmes, including shows made by and for older people (At Home This Morning), people living with HIV (HIV Hour), people with learning disabilities (Carousel Radio) and the LGBTQ+ community (Out In Brighton). They also air Mental Health Matters, which explores issues surrounding mental health, and Sophie Cook Talks, a topical talk show presented by transgender broadcaster Sophie Cook.

Tracey Allen, RadioReverb director, said of the nomination: “We are tremendously proud that RadioReverb has been shortlisted for the Diversity Awards. RadioReverb takes diversity very seriously and are proud to give voices to marginalised communities, so to be recognised for this – and in such a competitive category – is truly an honour”.

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton.

Radio 2 presenter and Scissor Sister favourite Ana Matronic will host this year’s ceremony alongside television presenter Brian Dowling. Reflecting on the forthcoming celebrations, Ana said; “I’m delighted to be hosting the 2018 National Diversity Awards in Liverpool for the second year in a row.

“Last year’s event was a true celebration of diversity across every area and nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to be a part of this prestigious event! I can’t wait to meet all of the nominees and winners!”.

Find out more about RadioReverb shows at www.radioreverb.com.

To purchase tickets for this years National Diversity Awards please click Here


Source – The Giving Times


 

An inspirational man born with brittle bone disease has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Stuart Thompson, from Mersea, is one of eight finalists in with a chance of winning the Positive Role Model Award for Disability at the National Diversity Awards.

Community organisations and role models from across the country will head to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 14 to see the winners crowned.

Mr Thompson, 42, said: “I am immensely flattered to have been shortlisted for this award, in particular for the work I do with young people and adults with anxiety.

“As a person who has faced many physical challenges who has grown up looking very different to those around me, I know how hard it can be to feel confident and not be afraid.

“I hope this nomination allows me to reach more people and demonstrate how it’s possible to live with confidence.”

Stuart was born with brittle bone disease, a life-limiting disability which has caused him to break almost every bone in his body at some point.

He is three and a half feet tall and uses a wheelchair.

He said: “As a child something would break simply by being picked up by my parents or when I was sitting on the floor.

“Now as an adult I probably break a bone about five times a year.

“As a child it was fine as I didn’t know I was any different, but as an adult I had to learn to find my own voice.”

Stuart started his career as a social worker and now works as a hypnotherapist and anxiety specialist.

He chooses to work mostly with children and young people experiencing anxiety or confidence issues.

He said: “You find confidence within yourself when you realise you have something worth saying.

“We can overcome how we look and how we feel.”

He received more than 40 nominations for the award, all from clients.

He added: “A lot of parents wrote nice things about work I have done with their children, the youngest being six.

“I don’t believe children need endless therapy, and most anxieties can be overcome with a few techniques.”

Johnson & Johnson have recently been announced as headline sponsors of the pioneering awards.

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton.

Radio 2 presenter and Scissor Sister favourite Ana Matronic will host this year’s ceremony alongside television presenter Brian Dowling.

To view a full list of nominees visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist.


Source: Gazette News


 

 

The scores are in – will this be the UK’s grandest celebration of diversity yet?

A TOTAL of 24,584 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.

Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 14 to witness the countries 2018 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

Amongst those being honoured are freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans rights activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.

Leading global brand Johnson & Johnson have recently been announced as headline sponsors of the pioneering awards that have paid tribute to over 700 grass root charities and diversity champions since its inception.

Joining the likes of the Army, Direct Line Group and Nielsen, Johnson & Johnson are listed amongst a host of companies showcasing their support to recognising diverse talent.

Clare Lee, head of Human Resources, Great Britain & Ireland, Johnson & Johnson, said; “At Johnson & Johnson, we are committed to the values of diversity and inclusion that encourage all employees to use their unique experiences and ideas to create a better, healthier world.

“We proudly join the National Diversity Awards as a Platinum and Lifetime Achiever Award sponsor. The Awards celebrate “unity” in society and a new generation of role models, and that diversity is about everyone’s unique perspective – all backgrounds, beliefs and range of human experiences – coming together.

“Through inclusion we create a deep sense of belonging, where people are valued, ideas are heard, and everyone can perform at their best. Johnson & Johnson believes that a strong diversity & inclusion strategy allows us to benefit from the opportunities presented by a diverse world.

“We are committed to excelling in this area because we know that to succeed, grow and innovate, we need our employee population to reflect the diversity of the world we serve.”

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton.

Radio 2 presenter and Scissor Sister favourite Ana Matronic will host this year’s ceremony alongside television presenter Brian Dowling. Reflecting on the forthcoming celebrations, Ana said; “I’m delighted to be hosting the 2018 National Diversity Awards in Liverpool for the second year in a row. Last year’s event was a true celebration of diversity across every area and nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to be a part of this prestigious event! I can’t wait to meet all of the nominees and winners! Liverpool, I’ll see you in September”.

Previous winners include Huddersfield based Disability Theatre Group Shabang!, disabled body builder James Sutliff and transgender support charity Mermaids.

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added “An overwhelming amount of nominations and votes were received this year, and I know our judging panel had an incredibly difficult task of whittling down the nominees to create an outstanding shortlist.

“So many heartfelt testimonies really showcased how these people and organisations are having a profound impact on the lives of others, and I applaud them for their dedication to each specific cause. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage and I am honoured to share this with the nation. I look forward to congratulating you in person in September”.

You can read The full list of shortlisted nominees by clicking visiting: http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist/

Winners will be announced at The National Diversity Awards 2018 on September 14th. Tickets are now on sale here: http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/tickets/

 

Source: The Voice Newspaper

The National Diversity Awards has announced its shortlist for 2018, and its set to be the UK’s grandest celebration of diversity yet.

Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 14 September to witness the countries 2018 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

A total of 24,584 people nominated this year alone, with an astonishing 124 nominess being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.

Among those being honoured are freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans rights activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways. Also amongst the winners was Rising Star alumni, Katie Kelleher, who has been shortlisted in the Positive Role Model Gender category.

View the full shortlist for 2018 here.

Founded in 2012 by the Diversity Group, the National Diversity Awards aim to recognise role models and community organisations across various protected characterises including, age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion.

Leading global brand Johnson & Johnson have recently been announced as headline sponsors of the pioneering awards that have paid tribute to over 700 grass roots charities and diversity champions since its inception.

Joining the likes of the Army, Direct Line Group and Nielsen, Johnson & Johnson are listed amongst a host of companies showcasing their support to recognising diverse talent.

Speaking about the shortlist, Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards said, “An overwhelming amount of nominations and votes were received this year, and I know our judging panel had an incredibly difficult task of whittling down the nominees to create an outstanding shortlist.”

“So many heartfelt testimonies really showcased how these people and organisations are having a profound impact on the lives of others, and I applaud them for their dedication to each specific cause.”

“Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage and I am honoured to share this with the nation.”

“I look forward to congratulating you in person in September.”

Source: We Are The City

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