The first ever Kirklees Inclusion & Diversity Awards were held at the John Smith’s Stadium last night, which we were honoured to sponsor and support.
The evening was a slick and professionally delivered event which showcased the efforts of individuals and organisations who are making a positive contribution to diversity and inclusivity in the Kirklees area.
Basharat Ali and the Chief Executive of Kirklees Council, Jacqui Gedman were invited to present the award for Outstanding Contribution to Inclusion and Diversity to the Jo Cox Foundation for its outstanding work in the Batley and Spen area since Jo’s tragic death in 2016. The Foundation’s initiatives are targeted at bringing communities together and creating a fairer, kinder world. Examples of their work include the Great Get Together, the More In Common Community, and they have an impressive collection of volunteers across the area who dedicate their time to breaking down barriers and building stronger communities.
Pictured below are Basharat and Jacqui presenting the award, and Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, receiving it on behalf of the Jo Cox Foundation.
Other winners included Kirklees Local TV (Diverse Business Award and Best Diversity Initiative), Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh Award Trust and Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (joint winners of Inclusive Charity of the Year).
Kirklees Council has recently put diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything it does and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to support their initiatives and showcase Schofield Sweeney at the awards.