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Equality North East

2010

Again the standard was extremely high.

Thank you to all those who entered and congratulations to the finalists and winners: -

  • Award for Employers of Between 51 and 250 Staff

Cestria Community Housing Association Ltd

Cestria have worked extremely hard on improving their policies and introducing many support systems for new and existing staff. They have come a long way in such a short time in embedding E&D into the organisation achieving fairness for staff and tenants. They are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring policies and practices are embedded in an innovative manner.

  • Award for Employers of Up To 50 Staff

Pioneering Care Partnership

The ethos of PCP is that it’s not about the business it is about its people. This is a great example of the use of policies and procedures positively impacting on the day to day running of the business. Equality practices and the achievement of the Equality Standard have enabled stakeholders and potential funders to see their high standards and has led to funding being secured to deliver further community projects. One member of staff commented about PCP, “Everyone is equal at PCP. There is no hierarchy and I feel comfortable talking to anyone at any level at PCP.”

  • Award for Learning Providers of Up To 50 Staff

ETEC

Etec’s mission statement is ‘working with people as they liberate themselves from imposed poverty and inequality by providing the best education and training possible’. The work they do with learners and the successful outcomes mirror this statement. The company proactively targets disadvantaged groups and encourages and supports learners from these groups. E&D is now so embedded that it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify examples of good practices as anything other than the ‘norm’.

  • Award for Learning Providers and Colleges of Over 50 Staff

Bishop Auckland

The College’s mission is to improve social inclusion amongst many other things. They work with Ethnic Minority & Traveller service, have spoke offices throughout out the area to access hard to reach groups and a multi faith Chaplin available to both staff and students. The aim to stamp out bullying with the introduction of ‘Mates@College’ which is a anti bullying scheme which recently won an award from Youth Voice. The college shows a good effort towards understanding the learner groups and their needs with significant access to support. Positive results show an 8% increase in success rates for students who have received specialist support.

  • Outstanding Contribution by a Larger Organisation

HMP Holme House

Equality and Diversity isn’t something you would be top of a prisons aims but at Holme House it is. They have implemented an Equality Scheme which is managed by a member of staff and 12 prisoners as representatives. Results have included prisoners and staff being educated about the dangers of racism, prejudice and discrimination and has encouraged respect for self and others, individual responsibility, communication skills and empathetic thinking. This is a fantastic example of joint approach developed by prisoners and staff to promote an understanding of the broader aspects of E&D issues.

  • The Trade Unions Equality for All Award

Bright Sparks

This application ticks every equality and diversity box, from offering equality of opportunity to the more specific areas of engaging under-represented/vulnerable groups or those who are often overlooked or discriminated against. Bright Sparks is a practical and successful project that delivers on its promises and practices what it preaches. Based at Her Majesty’s Prison Acklington, it is not the first place you would think about fostering a learning and cohesive culture in the workplace, let alone the community, but with links into Morpeth Family Planning and Amble’s BorderLinks centre (where they work with young parents and adults who have physical, social, mental and emotional disabilities offering free IT courses) that is precisely what they do. An embodiment of the truly inclusive nature of this project is perfectly illustrated in their demand-led, vocational Bagpipes course, which has students from Japan, Jamaica, Northumbria and Scotland! With projects like this, the future for equality and diversity is indeed very ‘Bright’!

  • Individuals Who Have Made a Difference

Billi Jean Summerbell

Through her work as a Youth and Community worker with DISC Billi Jean aims to achieve positive outcomes for LGBT young people. She has helped Durham Young Gay People’s Network (DYGPN) to produce a comic which highlights the rights of LGBT young people in schools. Her commitment and dedication to improving the lives of the young LGBT people is fantastic and one judge said of Billi Jean that “she is a complete revelation and inspiration.”

  • Equality and Diversity in the Construction Sector Awards

Straightline Construction

Straightline Construction specialize in property refurbishment particularly quality doors and windows.

It was heartening to see how much good practice is being carried out in the construction sector. We felt that Equality and diversity was truly being embedded in this company and it will only be a matter of time before it bears fruit.

  • Outstanding Practice

HMP Holme House

An induction training package has been developed by prisoners which they deliver to new prisoners during an induction process. They help to manage the equality & diversity scheme across the hole of the prison and provide advice and guidance to all other prisoners & staff. The prisoner involvement, engagement in the community and training for both staff and prisoners has been very effective, it is an excellent example of good practice.