Kirklees celebrated the very best champions of inclusion and diversity at the John Smith Stadium in a prestigious awards ceremony last night, the first of its kind.
The event was hosted by Kirklees Council to celebrate the diverse nature of Kirklees by recognising and rewarding organisations and teams that are passionate about inclusion and diversity, those who strive to include others who might otherwise be excluded from activities and opportunities, and are inventive in the ways they achieve it.
The event honoured organisations as exemplars in promoting outstanding inclusion & diversity, and individuals who have been acknowledged for their contributions and commitment to improving practices and making working environments more inclusive.
Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said “We want to recognise and celebrate those that go above and beyond in ensuring that no matter what your background, sexuality, faith or ethnicity you are not treated or viewed upon any differently than others.
The nominees for this awards ceremony have done just that and we recognise their hard work in ensuring inclusion and diversity. They set the benchmark for what we should all be doing so everyone, whether a resident of Kirklees or a visitor, or our member of our organisations is not looked upon or treated differently.
When people see the name Kirklees, I want them to know that it is a place that welcomes everyone, where our culture is one of openness and inclusion. I am proud to live here and be a part of a community that is so welcome.”
Winners on the night included:
Kirklees TV for the Diverse Business award
Gup Shup & Chai for the Inclusive Community Project award
Rawthorpe & Dalton Library for the Public Service award
Kirklees Local TV: Windrush for the Best Diversity Initiative award
Kirklees Local TV won the Best Diversity Initiative award for creating ‘Windrush: The Years After, a Community Legacy on Film’. The film pays tribute to members of the African Caribbean community that migrated to Kirklees between 1948 and 1971.
Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh Award Trust and DASH were joint winners for the Inclusive Charity of the Year award
Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh Award Trust has won the award for their outstanding work in providing young people with the opportunity to build skills and prepare for adult life.
DASH have won the award for providing relief and support to asylum seekers and refugees in Kirklees, empowering them to create positive lives. In offering this support, DASH aims to improve social cohesion in the wider community.
Maysoon Shafiq, Al Mu’minum The Believers for the Diversity Champion of the Year award
Maysoon Shafiq from Al Mu’minum the Believers has been nominated for her work in breaking down cultural barriers and bringing the community together.
One of the most anticipated awards of the evening was the Outstanding Contribution to Inclusion & Diversity award which went to the Jo Cox Foundation.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Owen Williams, CEO of Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. A speech was also given by Jacqui Gedman, Chief Executive of Kirklees Council.