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Equality North East


Gateshead Carers

  • Award for Small & Medium Enterprises, sponsored by Karbon Homes

  • Gateshead Carers

    The diversity of their service users is reflected in the workplace which include staff from Hungary, India and Nigeria. They share their cultures with one another such as preparing and bringing in meals from their own cultures to have with colleagues. A truly inclusive workplace.

    This category continues to be well represented with some incredible small organisations really embracing equality and diversity.


  • Award for Education & Training Organisations of up to 150 staff, sponsored by Freedom City 2017

  • Foundation of Light

    Targets set by funders have been smashed. They have engaged 279 girls, nearly 200% more than required and have now become a sector leader for female sport.

    The applicants for this category have removed barriers for different groups helping to build self-confidence, raised self-esteem all having a positive impact on the communities they serve.


  • Award for Educational & Training Organisations of over 50 Staff, sponsored by Bernicia

  • Bishop Auckland College

    PRIDE BAC provided a safe arena for students and staff to talk to other people about LGBT issues and gain information about local organisations and support available.

    There are some inclusive projects being carried out by our larger educational providers working both with learners and their communities to make a real difference.


  • Award for Larger Organisation Making a Difference in the Community, sponsored by Middlesbrough College

  • County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service

    The apprenticeship is the first of its kind in the UK, their outcomes have been fantastic with 10 apprentices between 17 and 25 being engaged with an even gender split.

    Positive action is intrinsic in all these applications.

    Ben Barber

  • Award for Individuals Who Have Made a Difference, sponsored by Gentoo

  • Ben Barber

    Ben is a front line Paramedic and trainer but still manages to find time to champion LGBT issues both internally and externally.

    This category is always difficult to judge due to the fantastic applicants going way above and beyond their roles. We could all take a leaf out of their books!


  • Award for Groups Who Have Made a Difference, sponsored by Gateshead College Foundation

  • JETís Volunteering Programme

    Volunteers come from a variety of streams, student-teachers, lawyers and accountants who share an interest in teaching. They teach learners who are of mixed levels to assure equal access for all.

    Every year we struggle to judge this category and this year was no different. Truly heartening to see the extraordinary work being done by these groups.

    PCS LGBT Network

  • TUC Improving Working Lives Award, sponsored by Northern TUC

  • Public and Commercial Services Union Northern LGBT Network

    The Anne Frank Exhibition grouped together sections of the population ostracised; gender, sexuality, disability and race. Highlighting how difference was persecuted.

    The applicants in this group go above and beyond and they do it voluntarily.

    St Camillus

  • Award for Organisations Supporting Disabled People into Employment, sponsored by Muckle LLP

  • St Camillus Care Group

    Some really fantastic outcomes from a commercially viable and beneficial programme giving real life experiences to people with disabilities helping them reach their full potential.

    This is a truly humbling category celebrating the amazing work these organisations do to remove the barriers for people with disabilities.

    BAC OS

  • Award for Outstanding Practice, sponsored by Gateshead College

  • Bishop Auckland College

    PRIDE BAC is hopefully the first of many. It was a fantastic idea with great outcomes.

    Another year of fabulous, inspirational outstanding practice being carried out. We look forward sharing these with you on the Equality North East website.