Touchstone – a Yorkshire based mental health and wellbeing charity – is celebrating winning the National Diversity Awards in the Diverse Company category at a star-studded night at the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
The awards were held on 14th September and saw individuals and organisations from across the UK crowned the best in British diversity. A record 24,584 people nominated this year alone with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.
NDA Founder and Chief Executive Paul Sesay thanked attendees for their passion and commitment to inclusion:
‘Thank You. Thank You for striving to make the world a better place to live, and thank you for your outstanding contributions to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. You should all feel extremely proud, and we have no doubt in our minds that you will continue to make waves for a long time to come.’
Touchstone’s Chief Executive, Alison Lowe said on receiving the award:
‘Touchstone is committed to inclusion and our effort is focused on achieving this for everyone. The National Diversity Awards were a brilliant way of telling the world about our passion for justice and fairness and winning the Diverse Company category was a vindication of the energy and resources we invest in delivering this vision. Thank you Paul and the team for letting our staff shine.’
Touchstone CBT Therapist, Simone Stephenson-Bellwood attended the awards with fellow colleagues.
‘I’m incredibly proud working at and for Touchstone. Alison Lowe is the most inspirational leader. She leads by example and has created an environment across a large organisation where it is safe to bring your whole self to work (if you choose) and people will still support/respect and value who we are. We all do our best for Touchstone because our organisation genuinely cares for us and we can give that same care to our service users.’