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The Project shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

diversity-award-logoThe Project, the young people’s mental health support group based in Axminster, has been shortlisted for the Community Organisation Award for Age at the National Diversity Awards 2016.

Charities and Role Models from across the UK will gather at the breathtaking Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool 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.

Debbie Humberstone, Founder and Coordinator at The Project, said, “We are so proud to have been shortlisted for a National Diversity Award. It was totally unexpected, but a huge privilege to be recognised at a national level for the work we do, and an endorsement of the hard work of the whole team – staff and volunteers. Everything we do at The Project is about celebrating each and every individual who comes through our door, helping young people to recognise and value their uniqueness.  Our support sessions are a safe space for young people to explore their issues and concerns, to challenge the stigma of mental illness and break down the isolation it can create.

“Our young people often tell us that The Project is the one place they can really be themselves, and that is something we are really proud of. Being inclusive, not judging people, helping everyone to fit in and feel welcome regardless of what they are going through – that’s what we’re all about!

“What is even more touching is that we were nominated for this award by one of the young people who attend our sessions – this means so much to us, and tells us that we are really making a difference to young people’s lives. In the end, that’s all that really matters!”2016-08-25-16-07-07

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.

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.

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

For anyone wanting more information about The Project, and the help it can provide to young people experiencing issues with the mental health, as well as to parents and carers, please visit their website


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