Finalists announced for major awards event in Kirklees

Council Officer Linda Johnson and next to her is the logo for the awards ceremony.

Kirklees Library Service, Kirklees Council Local Offer Team, and Council Officer, Linda Johnson, have all been announced as finalists at a major Kirklees awards ceremony.

The Kirklees Diversity, Equality and Innovation Awards will recognise businesses, organisations, and individuals who have delivered exceptional work which has harnessed the power of diversity, embedded inclusive practises, and/or celebrated Kirklees communities.

There was a huge response to the awards with nominations coming in from across Kirklees which made for some difficult decisions for the judging panel who were tasked with drawing up a shortlist in each category.

Kirklees Council will be represented in the ceremony by the Kirklees Library Service who were nominated for their innovative recruitment drive which successfully increased their number of young employees and employees from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

The Kirklees Council Local Offer Team has been shortlisted as a finalist due to their bespoke Local Offer service which has created an inclusive culture where the team challenges disability inequality and discrimination by helping families and children with special education needs and disabilities overcome barriers when accessing the information about the services they need.

Linda Johnson, Improvement and Relationships Manager at Kirklees Council, has been nominated for her pivotal role in developing the Iroko project. Linda has worked collaboratively with communities in a meaningful way and as the Iroko project moves to its second phase, it now has the confidence and trust to excel.

Cllr Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said:

“Congratulations to all the finalists in this year’s Kirklees Diversity, Equality, and Innovation Awards Ceremony.

“The number of submissions, and the difficulty the judges experienced during the shortlisting process, is evidence that there is exceptional work taking place in Kirklees. There are businesses, organisations and individuals in Kirklees going above and beyond to celebrate and utilise the power of diversity.

“Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination, the work you do in Kirklees is paramount to ensuring we create opportunities for everyone to feel valued and appreciated.”

Winners will be revealed at the Kirklees Diversity, Equality and Innovation Conference and Awards on Wednesday, September 21, at Kirklees College.

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The full list of finalists are:

Diverse Business

Deluxe Beds
Hive Community Café
Kirklees Library Service

Best Diversity Innovation
Dial Wood Carriage Riding for the Disabled
South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust
Sensory World CIC

Public Service 

Alex Feather – Creative Minds Co-ordinator Kirklees, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Kirklees Council Local Offer Team
Linda Johnson – Improvement and Relationships Manager, Kirklees Council

Inclusive Third Sector Organisation 

Huddersfield Literature Festival
Moonlight Trust
Rainbow Baby Bank

Inclusive Community Project
Chickenley Community Centre
Communities Together
Serendipity Creative Writers

Diversity Champion of the Year
Dawn Pearson – Communication, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead,  South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Martyn Haymons – volunteer for Serendipity Creative Writers
Maysoon Shafiq – Founder and Director, Al Mu’Minun (The Believers)

Outstanding Contribution to Inclusion and Diversity 
Noushin Aslam – Founder, Moonlight Trust
Rosie Buxton – Chair, Dalton Together
Tanisha Bramwell – Founder, Bramwell Sports Development Team

Awards and conference co-ordinator Katie Isaacson said: “There has been a fantastic number of entries across all of the categories. It’s great to see such a range of businesses and organisations with diversity and inclusion at their core.

“The panel of eight judges had an incredibly difficult job deciding on our shortlist from such excellent nominations.”

The conference, supported by Kirklees Council, Haddletons legal and business services, Kirklees Active Leisure, Cummins, Syngenta, and Kirklees College, will take place between 10.30am and 3pm on the 21 September and will feature inspirational and informative panel discussions in the morning followed by the awards ceremony in the afternoon.

The conference will be for those involved in diversity, equality and inclusion in organisations or the community with a focus on sharing ideas, best practise, and resources on how diversity can lead to innovation. It aims to support businesses and organisations to create a culture in which everyone, regardless of their background, feels they belong.

This year’s event is being organised by the Kirklees Diversity = Innovation Network a group of businesses and employers in Kirklees who realise that a diverse and inclusive workforce often leads to enterprise and innovation. These range from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, West Yorkshire Police, Huddersfield Town FC, and Kirklees College to large companies such as Cummins Turbo Technologies and Syngenta.

To request a ticket to attend the event, or a virtual ticket visit the event website and complete a registration form.