Abbey Kiwanuka NDA18 Post Awards Winners Interview

Abbey has been a human rights advocate in his home country of Uganda, the UK, the Netherlands and France for fifteen years, and is the founder and Director of Out & Proud African LGBTI (OPAL). He was thrown into police cells, tortured and persecuted for promoting homosexuality among Ugandans, and has dedicated his life to challenging homophobia and discrimination. Since … Read More

What an Incredible 2 Weeks! – Rachel Jury

I am sat here on a windy, wet Saturday (22nd September) in my quirky flat reminiscing on the last 2 weeks! It has been absolutely incredible and a rollercoaster of emotions! I knew September was going to be full on but I didn’t anticipate just how busy it would be and I am super proud that my body managed to … Read More

Denmead Parents Call For Donations To Help Build Autism Children’s Centre

Parents have spoken of their wishes to build a centre for children with autism. Aaron and Rachael Pearson are looking to raise £50,000 for the Autism Inclusion Centre. The couple, from Denmead, have a son with the condition and want to expand on Rachael’s charity Autism Isolation No More which she runs from their front room.The centre will create a … Read More

National Diversity Awards Winners Interview – Touchstone

Mental Health and Wellbeing Charity Touchstone ranked number 1 for a second year in a row on The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List earlier this year, showcasing exceptional levels of representation across all protected characteristics at Senior Management, Executive and Board level. The Leeds based charity was born in 1982 after it was acknowledged that large numbers of vulnerable … Read More

National Diversity Awards Winners Interview – ADHD Foundation

The ADHD Foundation is the largest ‘user led’ ADHD agency in Europe and is credited with influencing policy and provision in the UK for those living with ADHD and co existing conditions. The Foundation’s work in promoting scientific evidence, UK and European impact reports and tireless campaigning, have helped to change attitudes and reduce stigma, improving life chances for those … Read More

Warwick Davis wins Celebrity of the Year at the 2018 National Diversity Awards

Warwick Davis was clearly thrilled to receive a 2018 National Diversity Award tonight for his work on behalf of Little People UK. Winning Celebrity of the Year, he dedicated his award to Little People UK. ‘I dedicate this award to the members of #LittlePeopleUK, individuals with dwarfism throughout the UK & the world… you are all #PositivelyUnique.’ Warwick Davis is … Read More

International Women’s Day is for all women

Black women are too often objectified, demonised and face threats to our lives just for speaking out. Our voices must be lifted, says ZITA HOLBOURNE – Winner of the National Diversity Awards 2012. Positive Role Model Award for Race. Press for progress is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, focused on equal pay and standing up to gender violence … Read More

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