[A]fter the huge success of the 2016 Awards, The Ink Events Company is planning the 2017 Diverse Cumbria Awards and already have a new date and venue to announce.
Now in it’s second year, the Diverse Cumbria Awards have been set up to celebrate and award those making a difference in Equality and Diversity within Cumbria, whether this is through directly working or volunteering with minorities or businesses helping making Cumbria a bit more of a diverse and welcoming place for people coming to live, travel or work within our beautiful county.
The awards will be held on Friday 19th May at the Hallmark Hotel in Carlisle with the evening starting at 7pm with a free drinks reception and networking hour. Event organiser Ben Vollans said: “I think it’s really important people get a chance to mix and network at events like this as it gives a good chance to make new connections to help ongoing work.”
Nominations opened earlier this month and are due to close on 23rd April. The Public are asked to nominate under 5 categories, which will be judged by the winners from last year. The field in which they are looking for nominations cover: Age, Disability, Gender Specific Services, LGBT and Race, Religion and Faith. Nominations can be submitted via the website: www.diversecumbria.co.uk
Tickets go on sale from the 18th March and are £15 each, which include a two-course hot buffet this year.
Last year’s event attracted just over 80 people and this year they are looking at around 120 attending. These awards are an annual affair and are gaining a lot of attention of some of the big public sector organisations, and some big private sector businesses too. Last year Sellafield were the main sponsors and the NHS have got in early to claim the spot for main sponsor this year.
Other sponsors for this year include the Police and Crime Commissioner of Cumbria, ITV and Unison currently but they are still looking for more sponsors to join the list.
Event organiser Ben said: “This year’s event is already gaining a lot of attention in the public sector with various organisations already submitting their nominations. People have asked in the past how nominations work, and it’s very simple. You just need to log onto our website, say who you are nominating and give us as much detail about why you are nominating them. It’s all free and confidential, we don’t ask for any personal details from yourselves and as I’ve had to remind a few organisations, you can nominate yourselves, ask people via social media to do it for you.”