Cumbria's first diversity awards were held at the Crown and Mitre Hotel in Carlisle last night.
The Diverse Cumbria Awards 2016 recognised people working and volunteering in Age, Disability, Gender Specific Services, LGBT and Race, Religion and Faith.
The evening celebrated the organisations and individuals who have shown to be champions in Equality and Diversity, covering such things as:
- Helping to eliminate discrimination
- Advancing equality of opportunity
- Promoting a positive public image with being inclusive.
- Going above and beyond their general duty.
- Working with the communities of which they serve.
- Being a proactive member of society, promoting equality and diversity.
The award winners of the evening were:
- David Gale, Trailblazers - Community Volunteer of the Year
- Prism Arts - Community Group or Organisation Champion of the Year
- Eden Flood Volunteers - Business Champion of the Year
- Cockermouth School - Public Sector Champion of the Year
- Julie Dodd - Positive Role Model of the Year
- Richard Kavanagh - The Diverse Cumbria Lifetime Achievement Award
Watch ITV Border's interview with Ben Vollans, who runs OutREACH Cumbria: