Again the standard was extremely high.
Thank you to all those who entered and congratulations to the winners: -
Award for Employers of Up To 50 Staff, sponsored by Cestria Community Housing
TRN (train) ltdTRN (train) Ltd are a private training provider, using government and commercial funding to deliver work based learning and courses for unemployed learners.
The lengths TRN have gone to for both staff and learners should be highly commended. The attention to detail to improve outcome is exceptional.
Award for Employers of Between 51 and 250 Staff, sponsored by Equality North East
MPH Accessible Media LtdMPH was founded in 2000 and equality, diversity and inclusion have been at their core ever since. They are committed to providing an inclusive ethos and environment, valuing and respecting diversity while ensuring equality of opportunity for all in every aspect of their services and workforce.
An excellent organisation, with comprehensive policies, who have taken positive action to engage people with disabilities and provide a workforce which supports employees in reaching their full potential.
Award for Learning Providers and Colleges of Over 50 Staff, sponsored by Sunderland City College & LSIS
The College has carried out a substantial equality training scheme which has enabled them to better understand the needs of their staff and students.
Outstanding Contribution by a Larger Organisation, sponsored by Equality North East
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS FT
Project Choice, is a work/life experience scheme for students with profound physical and learning disabilities. The Project has been developed by CHS who have partnered with public and private sector organisations across the city giving young people a variety of work experience opportunities.
An outstanding example of developing a small project to create an impact both internal and external to the organisation. An excellent example of cross-sector working.
Individuals Who Have Made a Difference, sponsored by ConNEcting for Change – Equality Champions
Leanne Wilkinson - DISC
Having worked for DISC for the last 8 years Leanne’s role covers Co Durham offering support to Gypsy, Roma and Travelling communities.
The work Leanne has carried out with the Gypsy, Roma and Travelling communities has instigated a national response to the labelling of medication. However, away from her impressive record in her day job it is evident that she inspires her colleagues, raises awareness of Gypsy, Roma and Travellers within the organisation and her work has prompted increased funding.
Equality and Diversity in the Housing Sector, sponsored by Homes for Northumberland, South Tyneside Homes & The Gateshead Housing Company - Employers of Up to 50 Staff
CREST (Compact for Race Equality in South Tyneside)
CREST (Compact for Race Equality in South Tyneside) is a charitable organisation that aims to promote racial equality. They have a single overriding purpose; to assist people from all Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in South Tyneside enjoy a better life by properly gaining access to the services they need, the education and training they need and the jobs they may rightly aspire to.
Crest is a unique organisation that acts as a critical friend to a range of organisations to ensure that BME residents have a voice. It provides a useful and valuable service.
Practising Excellence in the Housing Sector, Sponsored by Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service
Cestria Community Housing
Cestria Community Housing is a registered social landlord which owns and manages 4,200 properties in and around the town of Chester-le-Street, in County Durham.
Cestria empower their tenants/customers by involving them in their equality and diversity agenda by giving them a voice. “At the age of 69 I’m doing NCFE level 2 in equality and diversity. I think this speaks for itself.”
Tenant Equality & Diversity Champion
Organisations Supporting Disabled People into Employment, Sponsored by Strategic Health Authority NHS and Gentoo
TDR encourages all staff to widen their awareness of equality and diversity practices via staff and team meetings, participating in programmes with Percy Hedley Foundation (PHF) and have them complete the NCFE Level 2 Award in Equality & Diversity. Staff are also activity involved in developing awareness of equality of opportunity practices for all learners on all programmes.
It is the ethos of the Company to support people with disabilities into training but they recognised they needed to go a step further in order to give the students real work experience. Positive steps leading to clear sustainable opportunities.
Outstanding Practice, sponsored by Gateshead College
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS FT
Project Choice, is a work/life experience scheme for students with profound physical and learning disabilities.
The outcomes of this project are:
• Increase awareness of disability, equality and diversity not only working with the young people but how they deliver services to patients with a learning disability.
• A recognition that work experience is available for everyone irrespective of disability,
• An enhanced understanding of learning disability issues.
• Increased job satisfaction and morale for those staff working with the students.
• Increased confidence amongst staff.
• Better links and contacts with other organisations.
• Increased community understanding of employment skills of young people with learning disabilities.
• Creating a more diverse workforce.
• Young people with learning disabilities have improved self-esteem, morale and sense of purpose in life.
The NHS has been able to demonstrate to employers in the public and private sectors the benefits to the employer and the employee of ‘Project Choice’.