Community safety organisation nominated for national award

Besi Besemar February 14, 2013

WEB.600HALT a local multi-agency partnership from Oxfordshire has been nominated for a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual & Transgenger (LGBT) Community Organisation Award at The National Diversity Awards.

The awards celebrate some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and community organisations across the UK and aims to recognise nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

HALT is a multi-agency partnership working to make Oxfordshire a safer and more inclusive community for LGB&T people.

A homophobic, biphobic or transphobic incident is any incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to have been motivated by homophobia, biphobia or transphobia respectively.

The National Diversity Awards 2013 in association with Microsoft will be held at The Queens Hotel, Leeds on September 20.  Britain’s most inspirational people will come together to honour individuals and groups from grass roots communities who have contributed to create a more diverse and inclusive society.

Brian Dowling
Brian Dowling

Big Brother winner and presenter Brian Dowling and CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell will be hosting this year’s event. The awards have also gained support from a number of celebrities including Stephen Fry, Beverley Knight and Ade Adepitan – and the Likes of Paralympic champion Jody Cundy, and Journalist Amal Fashanu were amongst last year’s attendees.
Sponsors include the  co-operative Group, Sky, The Open University and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Theresa McHenry, of Microsoft UK, said:

“The National Diversity Awards are a wonderful way to recognise the extraordinary contribution of real people to our communities. It’s a delight to be able to support this fantastic celebration of local heroes.”

Amongst last year’s winners were human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who won The Lifetime Achiever Award and the Brighton based LGBT mental health project MindOut who won the LGBT community organisation award.

Nominations are now open for this years awards and close on July 19 2013.

Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date.

To nominate HALT: click here:    OR
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