[A]fter the massive success over the last 2 years, annual event, The Diverse Cumbria Awards is now firmly in the calendar as one of the must-be-at events of the year for the county.
Set to be held at the Hallmark Hotel in Carlisle on the 18th May, organiser Ben Vollans is hoping the evening will be bigger and better than it was last year with more tickets available and more awards this year too.
Explaining the changes this year Ben explained: “We decided to change some of the awards around this year and add an extra one for Diversity Events in the county, as over the last couple of years more and more of these are popping up and I personally know how much work goes into organising these. So it’s about time these hard working, (most of the time) volunteers get some recognition.”
Guests who came last year were greeted by welcome drinks and a fantastic chance to network with other organisations and business, something many don’t get the chance to do normally and is something Ben is very keen on keeping for this year’s evening too.
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.
Nominations are now open and are due to close on 31st March. Ben is asking everyone to submit nominations under the new 6 categories, which will be judged by the winners from last year in April. Anyone who works around or is involved in Equality and Diversity is also welcome to submit a nomination for their own organisation and rules around nominating can be found on their website: www.diversecumbria.co.uk.
Tickets for the event will go on sale from the 16th February and are £25 each, which include a two-course hot buffet and welcome drinks too and these can be purchased on their website and social media.