This award is part of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s Equality Awards, which recognise and celebrate work to address inequalities in health and well-being. This year’s awards event will be held on 2 November at Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa FC.
The winner will be chosen from a shortlist selected by the awards panel. The shortlisted organisations, projects and individuals are; El Marsh Care, Helen Corish, Sandwell Multi Care, West Park Road Staff Team, Raydocs (Newton & Aston Pride Health Centres), Sonia Simkins - Hawes Lane Surgery (IRIS Domestic Violence Programme), Saraphed Medical Centre, Oldbury Community Fire Cadets, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Tipton Library, Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Barnardo’s Midlands On-Track Programme, Black Country NHS Apprenticeship Academy, People in Mind, Sandwell Asian Family Support Services, Rights & Equality Sandwell and Beat the Streets. Full details are available by clicking here
The project that receives the most votes will win the People's Choice Award. Voting closes on 15 October 2017.
Ranjit Sondhi, Equality and Diversity Lead at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Many people have already cast their votes in The People’s Choice Award but we would continue to urge everyone to cast their vote for local groups and organisations that make a difference by reducing health inequalities in the community. This is a special award which means so much to local groups and organisations, because it’s voted for by people in the communities in which they serve.
“A fundamental and enduring principle of the NHS is that it serves people equally, regardless of status, ethnicity, gender, religion or age. The Equality Awards reveal yet again the remarkable achievements of our commissioners and providers in delivering a just and fair health service.”
Videos of some of last year’s Equality Awards winners are now available for people to view and download. The videos highlight how the Brushstrokes Community project and the Midland Langar Seva Society are making a significant difference to vulnerable people in the community. The videos can be downloaded at https://goo.gl/dVSdjY and https://goo.gl/dCed3J.
The winner of the 2017 People’s Choice Award will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at Villa Park on 2 November 2017.