On Friday 16th September, we joined hundreds of community organisations and role models from across the UK at Liverpool Cathedral for a glittering award ceremony to witness the nation’s 2022 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.
IDAS was chosen from a field of seven other inspiring organisations working to improve gender equality.
A record-breaking 75,000 people nominated this year alone with 126 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide. We were delighted to have been nominated and we are grateful to all the people who voted for us.
Sarah Hill, CEO IDAS, said of the award:
“We are honoured to have received an award at the prestigious National Diversity Awards. The award recognises the efforts of our whole team who work tirelessly to keep people safe from abuse and violence, ensuring our services are accessible and inclusive. We dedicate the award to all the incredible people that we support, our staff, volunteers, champions, trustees, donors and fundraisers, without whom we wouldn’t be able to do our vital, often life-saving work.
“We are living in a time of extraordinary challenges. Lockdowns trapped people in their homes with abusive partners and the cost-of-living crisis is further tightening their grip, making it even more difficult for people to escape. As lockdown restrictions lifted, we saw an unprecedented demand for our services, and we anticipate that this increase in helpline calls and referrals will continue for some time to
“We hope this award helps to shine a light on domestic abuse and encourages people to support charities like ours so that we can continue to be there for anyone subjected to abuse.
“We need to raise around £100,000 each year to support our mainstream funding. With your support we can help more people to escape violence and abuse, rebuild their self-esteem, and support children who have witnessed violence to recover from their experience. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference.”
In addition to real life diversity heroes, several special guests made an appearance at the UK’s largest diversity awards to show their support for the incredible nominees who have changed the lives of many.
Actor and comedian Richard Blackwood, double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes, and headline dominator Katie Price praised charities for their staggering achievements.
Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, the NDAs are supported by the likes of Katie Piper, Graham Norton and Adam Hills amongst many.
It was a spectacular evening, and we are over the moon to be bringing a National Diversity Award back to our teams across Yorkshire.
Watch us win the award 2022 National Diversity Awards. (We're at the 2hr 36min mark).