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2015 North East Equality Awards announces finalists

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 16.46.32Equality North East, the regional organisation for promoting equality, has announced the finalists in all ten categories of the 2015 North East Equality Awards.

The finalists were chosen from a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations shortlisted for their efforts in promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.

The Awards have become a significant fixture on the North East business calendar, highlighting and celebrating the good equality practice being carried out regionally.

Now into its 12th year the Awards celebration will be held at the Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel, Thursday 29th October.  Winners and finalists will come together to celebrate the outstanding work they are doing in the field of equality and diversity.

This year’s awards are being run in partnership with Gateshead College. Judith Doyle, principal and CEO said: “Gateshead College is proud to be part of an initiative which rewards fairness and equality in the workplace. All of the finalists have shown great effort and a genuine commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace. The businesses involved are creating tangible benefits for employees and the wider community as well as supporting a positive working environment in the North East.”

Andrea Johnson, head of operations of Equality North East, the regional equality organisation behind the Awards, said: ‘The amount of entrants and support this year shows the fantastic equality and diversity work happening not only in the public sector, where it is expected, but also the voluntary and particularly the private sector.  Even in this time of uncertainty it is heartening to see so many fantastic initiatives.  We must also say a huge thank you to our sponsors who were instrumental in the shortlisting, a challenging but rewarding role due to those fantastic initiatives and also helping to make the Awards possible.’

Sponsors Include:

Gateshead College

Bernicia Group

Newcastle College

Cestria Community Housing


Bridges to Learn


Muckle LLP



Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel

The Anna Reay Band


Employers of Up to 50 Staff 


Central Employment Agency   

Paul J Watson Solicitors    

More Time UK Ltd        

Employers of Between 51 and 250 Staff 

Muckle LLP            

Gateshead Citizens Advice    

Learning Providers Between 51 and 250 Staff 

Shape Training       

Building Futures East     

Colleges & Learning Providers with Over 50 Staff 


Bishop Auckland College              

Newcastle College                       

Middlesbrough College      

Outstanding Contribution by a Larger Organisation

North East Autism Society            

Bishop Auckland College  Age UK        

Bishop Auckland College  Dementia Friend       

Bell Group    

Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company   

Individuals Who Have Made a Difference

Emma Jones            

Sheila Viney        

Mark Fox          

Groups that Have Made a Difference

Hope North East              

Special Olympics Gateshead                     

MC Student Engagement Officers         

JET Women’s Integration Support Programme    

Gender Identity Support Service     

Our Version of Events   


UNISON Community/Voluntary Sector Organising Project- Derek Muse                 

Hazel Kjebekk, Union Learning Representative    

Organisations Supporting Disabled People into Employment 

Gateshead and South Tyneside Sight Service        

Gateshead Access to Employment Service (GATES)   

Enterprise Mentoring         

Outstanding Practice

Paul J Watson Solicitors    

Middlesbrough College      

Bishop Auckland College  Age UK        

Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company   

Emma Jones            

MC Student Engagement Officers         

Come along and join us and see the difference that inclusivity can make on your business and the wider community. For more information and bookings please contact Sammy Hedley by telephone on 0191 4264399 or email

Please see the Equality North East website for further information                                                                   

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