One of Britain’s most loved presenters Konnie Huq hosted the 09th annual National Diversity Awards on Friday 17th September.
After a much-anticipated delay, community organisations and role models from across the UK headed to the breathtaking Liverpool Cathedral on 17th September to witness the countries 2020 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.
Our LGBTQ+ project GYRO was the WINNER of The Community Organisation Award for LGBT at the National Diversity Awards 2020
Chris Porter: Wellbeing Service Team Lead (LGTBQ+) said “We are absolutely over the moon with this award! Our staff work so hard and the LGBT+ young people of Liverpool mean everything to us. This is for the LGBT+ community of Liverpool, hopefully a glimmer of light in challenging times for us all”
GYRO supports LGBTQ+ children and young people across Merseyside. GYRO provide youth groups and 1:1 support to those who identify as LGBTQ+ between the ages of 12-25 years old as well as specific gender identity support for trans, gender questioning and gender diverse children and young people as part of the local CAMHS offer. In 2019-20, they had over 1780 contacts with LGBTQ+ young people. GYRO gets involved in a lot of LGBTQ+ National and local networks and community events including Trans Day of Visibility and LCR Pride and are super passionate about giving LGBTQ+ young people a platform. Phone YPAS on 0151 707 1025 for more details or email [email protected] and a staff member will get back to you ASAP.
A record amount of 60,000 people nominated last year. The National Diversity Awards received an astonishing 126 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.
The evening was kicked off by founder of the NDA’s Paul Sesay, discussing the importance of the National Diversity Awards and what inspired him to create the ceremony. He said “After a difficult year with many challenges to overcome due to the impact of Covid-19, I am so thrilled to finally be able to give our 2020 nominees the ceremony that they deserve” said Mr Sesay. “It is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage. This night is for you; In my eyes and in the eyes of many others – you have already won.”
The National Diversity Awards was a real feel good ceremony, where each nominee had earned their right to be in attendance for their fantastic work in their specific community.
The UK’s grandest celebration of diversity was a wholeheartedness event refreshingly celebrated in such swanky style, that it was evident who were the stars of this show, the well-deserving, humble and extraordinary nominees.