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

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

The National Diversity Awards 2017 Post Awards Winners Interview – Joshua Beckford

Joshua Beckford is recognised internationally in over 90 countries for his extraordinary educational achievements. A 12-year-old child Prodigy who is diagnosed with Autism, Joshua has already achieved more than most neuro-typical people in the world. At 2 years old, he quickly mastered reading fluently using phonics and was speaking Japanese by the age of 3. At the age of 6 he became the … Read More

Bromley charity leader honoured at the National Diversity Awards

A director at a Bromley charity has been honoured at the National Diversity Awards. Founding Artistic Director of Bromley based charity, Magpie Dance, Avril Hitman BEM received a Lifetime Achievers Award last Friday (September 8). The ceremony was hosted by Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic and Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic and was set up to reward people fighting against … Read More