SENDIASS North Yorkshire, a local Special Educational Needs, Disability, Information, Advice, and Support (IAS) service has been nominated for The Community Organisation (Disability) at The National Diversity Awards 2021.
The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will play host to this year’s awards, to be held on 4th February 2022. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities. The prestigious black-tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.
SENDIASS North Yorkshire is an information, advice and support service for those in the region who may need assistance with issues relating to Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). Their free and impartial service is available for children and young people up to the age of 25.
The small, close-knit team at SENDIASS North Yorkshire use social media to ensure that specialist information is easily accessible to people with different abilities. Their presence on multiple platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube also enables people to choose how they request confidential support and advice so they can do so in a way in which they feel most comfortable.
In addition to their well-received social media offering, SENDIASS North Yorkshire run a Monday to Friday advice line, operated by legally trained coordinators, and offer one-to-one sessions so that young people, parents and carers can discuss their concerns and obtain valuable advice face-to-face.
In 2020, SENDIASS North Yorkshire received 1775 referrals by parents/ carers and young people alone. This figure is expected to increase for 2021 and does not include the regular support and information they provide to professionals across the region.
Fran Reynoldson, SENDIASS North Yorkshire, said:
“We are absolutely delighted and unbelievably grateful to have been nominated for a National Diversity Award again this year. Such nominations are a huge reminder of why we do what we do and highlight not only our hard work but the differences we make within the community. This award would mean a lot to our organisation, but it would also mean a lot to the families that we help. Hopefully this time we can go on to win!”
The UK’s largest diversity awards has attracted a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper. Sir Lenny Henry CBE, last year’s winner of the Celebrity of the Year gong said;
“Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination; it means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, you’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!”
Nominations are now open and close June 4th, 2021 – so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved! Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date.
To nominate please CLICK HERE or for a nomination form, email: firstname.lastname@example.org