National Diversity Awards – Reading Refocus needs your vote!

Article date
14 June 2016
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

James Pyle and Reading Refocus have been nominated for the 2016 National Diversity Awards. Vote now to help get national recognition for a local charity!

The ceremony celebrates some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across the UK. The awards aim to recognise nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

The National Diversity Awards 2016 in association with Microsoft will be held in Liverpool on September 16th. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities who have contributed to creating a more diverse and inclusive society. The Awards received over 20,000 nominations for last year’s event. Paul Sesay, Chief Executive of The National Diversity Awards said, ‘It is an honour to witness the extraordinary journeys of Britain’s unsung diversity heroes, and we will continue to recognise their extraordinary achievements during 2016’.

The National Diversity Awards arose when The Diversity Group identified an urgent need for more positive role models to be actively promoted, with the aim to empower and inspire the wide breadth of diverse communities across the UK. “If ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to offer, it is now – opportunities are thin, and deprived communities need motivation and inspiration. These awards are for people who inspire other individuals through their work, through their commitment to helping others, through their infectious personalities and through adversity”

Olympic Diver Tom Daley said, ‘The National Diversity Awards is a true celebration. A celebration of role models and community organisations who are having a huge impact on people lives. Everybody who has been nominated and shortlisted is striving towards making society better for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, faith, religion, sexual orientation or disability. I would like to wish all the shortlisted nominees the very best of luck at this year’s National Diversity Awards’.

Reading Refocus aims is to help predominantly BME young people achieve and attain a good education and a happy worthwhile life. They work with young people to divert them from crime and harmful attitudes and behaviour using models of befriending, mentoring and youth development.

Voting closes on June 20th 2016 – so vote now!!