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Equality North East

The North East Equality Awards


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About The North East Equality Awards

The North East Equality Awards recognise and reward those employers, learning providers, groups and individuals who strive to ensure that good equality and diversity practices are implemented in the work place thereby improving recruitment and retention for people from diverse groups.

To be recognised as such not only brings with it positive publicity, improving reputation and image it also can support achieving tangible business benefits. There is overwhelming evidence that those businesses who are committed to embedding diversity out perform their competitors! Previous winners and short-listed applicants are excellent examples of how good policies and procedures lead to increased chances of winning contracts, better staff retention rates and a greater chance of finding the right people to do the job.


Applications will only be accepted on the official application form, which will be made available in other formats on requested. You may send your application in hard copy by post, download, complete and email this document or you can complete online application form. You can self-nominate your business/organisation or nominate another group or individual. You may apply for more than one category. Please submit a separate application for each category applied for. Application forms must be completed and returned by close of business, Friday 16th August 2019.

The Equality North East team will be happy to assist you with completion of your application if needed. You can find case studies of last year’s winners and previous years finalists in the Awards section of our website.

We will be holding support days across the region to help and advise on completion of applications. Please visit our website for further details.


For all categories, the judges will be interested in the impact (actual or potential) of the good policies, procedures or activities that remove employment barriers, barriers to learning and services for minority or underrepresented groups.

In assessing the applications judges will take into account the size and resources of the particular organisation.

Please provide evidence of change through statistics, case studies, activities or positive changes, to your employees and organisation. Real-life outcomes will enhance your application. Include evidence demonstrating the impact of the positive action and the measured success and impact it has had on the organisation and individuals.

The judges will be looking at how proactive and innovative organisations have been in ensuring they attract and retain employees/learners/service users from diverse groups.

Organisations up to 50 Employees
Organisations between 51 and 250 Employees

Organisations in these categories will be recognised for innovative ways in which equality and diversity has been, or is starting to be, embedded into everyday business. Was the approach creative and forward thinking and any original / specialist techniques utilised to embed equality? Describe how any barriers were overcome.

Education and Training Organisations up to 50 Employees
Education and Training Organisations over 50 Employees

Organisations will be recognised for innovative ways in which equality and diversity has been, or is starting to be, embedded into everyday business. Was the approach creative and forward thinking and any original / specialist techniques utilised to embed equality within the organisation/employer. Are your learners / service users diverse and do your employees mirror that community and the community you serve? Explain how you have supported disadvantaged groups from these communities.

Larger Organisations Making a Difference in the Community

Public, private, larger voluntary and community sector organisations (over 250 employees) will be recognised for the visible and measurable success that their organisations make through innovative projects or initiatives that have benefited the community it serves and the organisation as a whole. They will demonstrate how barriers were overcome when implementing projects / initiatives.

Individuals Making a Difference

Individuals for this award will be recognised for actively trying to address inequality in their organisations. The individual may have a particular role such as an Equality and Diversity Champion, Mentor, Role Model, or Equality and Diversity Representative. The nominated individual must be going above and beyond their ‘job specification’ to help achieve a diverse and fair work force and / or reach a diverse range of customers / service users. They should be able to show measurable improvements and wider implications because of their initiatives and how they are driving equality and diversity forward within the organisation.

Groups Making a Difference

Groups for this award will be recognised for actively trying to address inequality in either their organisation, the local community or in society in general. The group may have identified a gap/issue in relation to a protected characteristic (age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief or sexual orientation or transgender, etc.) and proactively sought to address this. NB this must be a group, which is not part of a larger organisation. Examples include, Community Interest Companies (CIC), user led organisations, non-constituted groups or smaller organisations with charitable objectives run by volunteers.

The TUC Working Lives Award

The winner of this award will be a union representative or trade union organisation/ project who has pro-actively promoted equality for members in the workplace and/or beyond. They will demonstrate how they have overcome barriers and supported individuals or organisations to embrace equality and diversity.

Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities

Organisations will be recognised for its creative and forward thinking when retaining or recruiting people with disabilities. They will be able to demonstrate how a pathway to employment for people with a disability or learning disability has been developed and sustained. They may include examples of reasonable adjustments or other initiatives to support the individual.

There will be a category for 'Outstanding Practice' sponsored by Gateshead College. Finalists for this category will be chosen by the judges during shortlisting.

  Name of Business or Organisation
  Number of Employees
  Nature of Business or Project

This will be used for publicity purposes.
Town or City
Contact Name
Provide a name for Equality North East to contact should they need to discuss your application.

Please explain why your organisation, group, individual, or initiative should win an award. (1,500 words maximum). Please detail: The business context, The challenges faced, Innovative actions taken, Definitive outcomes; and Evidence of impact


Please provide a summary of your application (no more than 250 words) include the main outcomes of your equality practices and how they have impacted on your business. This will be used for the event brochure should you be shortlisted.


Copyright and confidentiality

In submitting an application to the North East Equality Awards the information becomes copyright of Equality North East who reserve the right to publish this information. Equality North East may use this as a case study highlighting good practice and we may use it as part of our promotional materials including on our website and other resources.


If you require any further support please do not hesitate to contact Helen at Equality North East on 0191 426 4399 or email:


After completing the form above you will be asked to upload your supporting documents to complete your application.

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