Some Kind Words About The Awards

Keith Winestein 

NDA21 Winner: Positive Role Model Award for LGBT

“Being nominated was humbling enough but to have my work acknowledged with a National Diversity Award was surreal. As I heard my name read out amongst seven other amazing people I really did not expect to win. When my name was announced as the winner it was surreal. I did not know what to do. No speech prepared and somehow found myself to the stage. Before a 1000 guests. I have no idea what I said. My current workplace were so pleased and everyone congratulated me. It was announced on the intranet, website and social media. I was asked to do a couple of podcasts two. So it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Thank you to every one who voted for me. Commiserations to the other LGBT finalists who are all winners in my book. It is the doing that counts. Keep doing what we do!”

Abbie Hills 

NDA21 Winner: Positive Role Model Award for Disability

“It was an absolute honour to win the Positive Role Model for Disability. As a woman with a disability, I have faced a lot of rejection when working in the entertainment industry. That rejection seemed so far away when I was stood on the stage in a room full of such wonderful, accepting and inspiring people. I hope I can do the award title justice and continue to be a positive role model to those around me. Thank you NDA”


Changing Lives

NDA21 Winner: Community Organisation Award for Multi-Strand

“I’d like to say for me, it has been the greatest achievement of my life. It’s so humbling to be recognised as a winner of this award. We will continue to mentor our young people towards a positive pathway of opportunities and support the vulnerable communities in the way we do.”

B:Friend | NDA21 Winner

“Being recognised for this award has been a huge boost after a couple of difficult years with the pandemic. Our older neighbours were so excited to hear that our project received the award and it's allowed us to be even more confident in the work we're doing to ensure age is not a barrier to connection.

It was a privilege to spend an evening with so many incredible people at the beautiful Liverpool Cathedral. Everyone in our sector works so hard for very little acclaim so this event is a fantastic showcase of the very best of what's happening in communities across the UK.”

Prakash Radhakrishnan | NDA21 Shortlisted Nominee

"I just wanted to let you and the team know, that thanks to your hard work in putting this event together, our organisation has not only secured a valuable PR contract with a PR agency but are in discussion to put a few area specific workshops together."

Ariel Company Theatre Group | NDA20 Shortlisted Nominee

"Thank you so much for creating such an extraordinary evening.

If your motivation was to inspire and create progressive growth in Diversity , well you have excelled.

We came away feeling so deeply moved by the appreciation we felt and the sense of belonging.

We have forged some brilliant links and we are already knee deep in ideas to progress with becoming an even more diverse and forward thinking Community Theatre group."

Matt Eagles | NDA20 Shortlisted Nominee

"You all did an amazing job. The cathedral looked stunning and its an experience my wife and I will certainly never forget. We met some AMAZING people and had a wonderful evening. Thank you thank you thank you."


An honour and a privilege to be part of this wonderful awards ceremony #NDA20 


Oh what a night and what an absolute honour to have been announced winner of the Positive Role Model Award for LGBT at @ndawards 2020! Such an amazing evening celebrating inspiring, talented and hardworking changemakers! 


Such an inspiring night, so many humbling stories. #diversity #inclusivity. Still a long way to go though. Come on world!!! 


Truly an amazing event highlighting some of the most remarkable businesses and people. Sorry not to be able to attend but how incredible to now count myself as an alumni. Congrats to all nominees and winnners #AllAreWinners 


Simply lovely evening at the @ndawards last night. Celebrating the fantastic work done by important groups and individuals up and down the country. So heartwarming. 


Thank you so much, it was an incredible night and I am so honoured to have been chosen as the winner in a extraordinary category of champions for change


Wow. #Liverpool was amazing! I have finally arrived home from a great weekend. I never won, but it was never about that just to be recognised was an honour! @ndawards were amazing! 


Thanks @ndawards for a spectacular #NDA20 ceremony @LivCathedral. A privilege to be in the company of so many inspirational people. 


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