Inspired Youth shortlisted for National Award


Inspired Youth from York has been shortlisted for the Community Orginisation Award For Age at the National Diversity Awards 2016. The Community Organisation Awards recognise individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to their local community.



Charities and Role Models from across the UK will gather at the breathtaking Anglican Cathedral on September 16th 2016 for The National Diversity Awards.


The Best of British Diversity will travel to Liverpool to celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.


Over 20,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide.


Inspired Youth are a multi award-winning not-for-profit Social Enterprise who specialize in campaigns driven by real experience to inspire, educate, challenge and inform. Inspired Youth’s most recent project which is about raising care leaver aspirations, has been shared by the DFE and highlighted in the national Community Care publication aimed at professionals and social workers.


Kev Curran, Director of Inspired Youth said “We are overwhelmed to have been shortlisted for a national award, we dedicate this honor to the real people at the heart of our work who make it so powerful.”


Liam Powers, Assistant Director at Inspired Youth added “It is an honor to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. It is amazing that our work has been recognized on such a high level.”


The prestigious black tie event is definitely one to mark down on your calendar and provides recognition for excellence regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.


Microsoft will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent alongside Adidas, Direct Line Group, ThoughtWorks, Financial Ombudsman Service, Kier, MI5, MI6, GCHQ, PwC, Transport for London, ITV and The Open University.


A spokesperson for Adidas commented “Our objective is to have a workforce that is as diverse in it’s make up as our consumers in the market place.


Showing commitment, providing support, being real and partnering with authentic organizations like National Diversity Awards will stand us in good stead to achieve this.”


Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Adam Hills and Sir Lenny Henry amongst many.


British Diver & Television Presenter Tom Daley also applauded the awards stating, “The National Diversity Awards is a celebration of the fantastic work within Diversity, Equality & Inclusion by all positive role models and community organisations. Everybody who has been nominated and shortlisted is striving towards making society better for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, faith, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. This is important because you are having a positive impact to people’s lives. I would like to wish all the shortlisted nominees the very best of luck at this year’s National Diversity Awards.” He added.


Previous winners include Huddersfield based Disability Theatre Group Shabang!, Freedom Fighting Refugee Aderonke Apata, and Foster Focus Founder Luke Rodgers.


Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Rachel looked back on her time winning the positive role model award in 2013 “It truly was a tremendously uplifting emotional evening, and I don’t think there was a single person in the room who would disagree with that! The evening represented everything that is good about our society”.


Rachel went on to receive the award for battling successfully against a potentially life limiting illness to produce works of art that are applauded worldwide. She continued “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating an exceptional night, the challenges ahead are still enormous, but with the ND Award in my hand, I will journey forward with renewed hope and ambition to try to do so much more, and in my efforts, hopefully I will, in some way, contribute to making the vital cultural shift within our society.”


Paul Sesay, Founder of The National Diversity Awards & The BEAM Awards said “The quality of nominations exceeds my expectations every year. This year was no exception with a host of inspirational role models and community organisations nominated across the country. Those shortlisted should be extremely proud, you truly are all winners and I wish each and every one of you the very best of luck.”


To view a full list of nominees please visit