Avril Hitman: What next?

There is still much to do in the world of inclusion and equality, even in the 21st century.  Individuals with a learning disability can be excluded from participating fully in society through being disadvantaged by their disability. Leadership opportunities are still lacking. Arts Council England recently published statistics, detailing that 20% of the working age of the population identify as … Read More

Interview with 2017 Lifetime Achiever Award Winner – Avril Hitman.

Avril founded Magpie Dance in 1985 as an inclusive contemporary dance company for people with learning disabilities, developing an innovative programme of participation, performance and training across the UK. Her uncompromising values and steadfast support of participants and their ability to confound expectations has enabled many people to lead more fulfilling lives. Avril has fuelled Magpie to develop a ground-breaking … Read More

Suranne Jones calls for gender equality and equal pay with 50/50 badge at the NTAs

Suranne Jones made quite the statement at the National Television Awards last night. Not only did she collect the award for Drama Performance for her role in Doctor Foster, but she campaigned for gender equality in the arts. The 39-year-old accessorised her red carpet suit with a 50/50 badge from Equal Representation for Actresses. Wearing the red and white badge … Read More

UK Ups Efforts To Fight Antisemetism Across a Variety of Fields

  A Week ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, initiatives to tackle antisemetism in the UK are being unveiled in a variety of fields, from soccer fields to university campuses to Parliament. Chelsea Football Club announced Tuesday that it will launch a campaign to raise awareness among players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism in soccer. The club will … Read More

Diversity key to meeting childcare hours pledge

Men, ethnic minority candidates and older staff could be the answer to fulfilling a pledge to double free childcare hours. An estimated 11,000 workers are needed to meet the Scottish government’s flagship policy. Funded nursery places for eligible two-year-olds as well as all three and four-year-olds will rise from 600 hours a year to 1,140 hours a year by 2020. … Read More

Sturgeon urges businesses to quicken pace of gender equality

The first minister has warned businesses to step up the pace of gender equality or the progress already made could stall. Nicola Sturgeon said companies must “inject new momentum” into improving women’s representation. She was speaking following publication of the Hampton- Alexander Review which calls for FTSE companies to increase the number of female board members. She said: “Public tolerance … Read More

Head of Yeadon transgender charity Mermaids gets diversity award

THE WOMAN in charge of a Yeadon-based transgender charity has been honoured with an award at a national event to promote diversity. Susie Green, CEO of transgender youth charity Mermaids, was awarded the Diversity Champion Award in the charity sector of the Excellence in Diversity Awards in Manchester. She was applauded for expanding Mermaids from a small charity with no … Read More

How Mars is expanding Maltesers’ diversity agenda to all its brands

Maltesers was crowned Marketing Week’s ‘Brand of the Year’ for its approach to diversity and inclusion in its advertising but now wants to take that further by integrating it across the Mars business. Mars has been at the vanguard of UK advertising’s drive to do a better job of representing society in its creative output. Its Maltesers brand won Channel … Read More

‘Tigers’ shortlisted for awards

THE Second Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (2 PWRR) has been shortlisted for the UK’s largest diversity awards. 2 PWRR, a British Infantry Regiment which recruits from the South East of England, has been shortlisted for the Diverse Company of the Year Award at the National Diversity Awards 2017. Charities and role models from across the UK will … Read More

Thousands of Scottish wheelchair users inadequately housed

Thousands of Scottish wheelchair users inadequately housed A new report into life for disabled people across Great Britain by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has highlighted a decrease in the amount of wheelchair adapted local authority housing in Scotland. According to the report, up to 17,000 Scottish wheelchair users (15% of all wheelchair users in Scotland) are now inadequately housed … Read More