YEUK’s CEO LJ has been nominated for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards

Laura-Jane Rawlings CEO of Youth Employment UK CIC has been nominated for the Role Model Award at the 2014 National Diversity Awards.

The ceremony celebrates some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across the UK. The awards aim to recognise nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Laura-Jane dedicated herself to the youth unemployment crisis that affected over 1 million young people; she founded YEUK at her own expense believing that more needed to be done for young people.  YEUK has since gone from strength to strength with a network of brilliant young ambassadors and supporters YEUK reaches over 30,000 people through its services.  LJ remains tirelessly committed to the cause and is leading the charge to make the UK Youth Friendly.

The National Diversity Awards 2014 in association with Microsoft will be held at The Hurlingham Club, London on September26th. 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 who have contributed to creating a more diverse and inclusive society.

The largest diversity awards ceremony of its kind has attracted a growing list of top employers such as Sky, Financial Ombudsman Service and Price Waterhouse Coopers.  The prestigious black-tie event has also gained support from a number of celebrities including Stephen Fry, Misha B and Ade Adepitan.

Theresa McHenry, of Microsoft UK, said ‘The National Diversity Awards 2013 were thought provoking, humbling, inspiring, and not least, entertaining. This is the reason Microsoft are delighted to continue to be involved and have committed to sponsoring the National Diversity Awards 2014’.

Amongst last year’s winners was James Partridge, who spear-headed campaigns for social change and pushed for anti-discrimination protection. Jessica Huie took home the entrepreneur of excellence award for race, faith & religion, for setting up the UK’s most successful multicultural Greeting Card and Gift Company. Birmingham LGBT were also recognised for opening the first LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre in England and Wales.

The National Diversity Awards received an astonishing amount of nominations for last year’s event.  Paul Sesay, Chief Executive of The National Diversity Awards said, ‘It is an honour to witness the extraordinary journeys of Britain’s unsung diversity heroes, and we will continue to recognise their extraordinary achievements during 2014’. ‘I know another fantastic spectacle of role models will be delivered and recognised this year’.

Nominations are now open and close July 18th 2014 – so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved!

Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date.

To nominate Laura-Jane Rawlings please visit: www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk

Or for a nomination form please email: emma@thediversitygroup.co.uk

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