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Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards 2016

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The 2016 Equality Awards for Sandwell and West Birmingham were an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding work being carried out by local people and organisations.

Our communities are diverse and ever-changing but one thing that shines through is the absolute commitment of so many people to tackling health inequalities wherever they may be found.

Congratulations to everyone who put forward their projects and to this year's winners, who are listed below

Download - 2016 Equality Awards supplement

Watch - Highlight reel


Partnership Award winner

“Live & Work" Project - Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Live and Work“Live & Work is an innovative partnership project offering apprenticeships to homeless young people from Sandwell and West Birmingham. Using an empty accommodation block at Sandwell Hospital, which has been refurbished and managed by St Basils, the NHS Trust is offering accommodation and apprenticeships to 27 homeless young people. The scheme gives the young apprentices the very real chance of finding sustained long-term employment and the better life chances that this will bring."

Watch - Partnership Award finalists


Statutory Sector Award winner

Beresford Dawkins, The Community Engagement Team - Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

13“Beresford is the community development lead in the community engagement team at BSMHFT. He has worked tirelessly with a broad range of organisations to ensure greater understanding and engagement with mental health services in the community and to enhance recovery, opportunity and hope for people with mental health issues. The community engagement days at Mary Seacole House are an example of his work, promoting active engagement with the service to challenge the negative and often discriminatory perception of mental health service provision within the locality.”

Watch - Statutory Sector Award finalists


Voluntary/Community/Faith Award (large) winner

Birmingham Peer Educator Blood, Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Project - Kidney Research UK

27“The eight-strong team from the Aston, Sparkbrook and Smethwick Pakistani Muslim communities has been trained to empower its communities with kidney and related health information. The scheme included lifesaving education on blood, bone marrow and organ donation and the peer educators have recruited more than 1,070 donors - a significant result which involved overcoming considerable challenges in tackling a sensitive and taboo subject. The programme won the backing of Birmingham's Lord Mayor and the Minister of Public health and organ donation was endorsed by imams at key local mosques during Friday prayers.”

Watch - Voluntary/Community/Faith Award (large) finalists


Voluntary/Community/Faith Award (small) winner

Migrant Health -  Rights and Equality Sandwell

RightsEquality“Rights and Equality Sandwell has been working to raise awareness of entitlement to health services among newly-arrived migrants who often lack knowledge of the healthcare system and struggle to access care because of language barriers. The project helps by building positive relationships with migrants, dispelling their mistrust and suspicion, and by improving awareness and co-operation among health service providers. The scheme involving 70 organisations has trained more than 335 members of the community to offer support in more than 20 languages."

Watch - Voluntary/Community/Faith Award (small) finalists


Reducing Infant Mortality Award winner

Brushstrokes Community Project

34“Brushstrokes provides targeted support to hard-to-reach groups, including newcomers, supporting vulnerable mothers pre-and-post pregnancy by providing them with essential resources, befriending support and ensuring they are in contact with appropriate maternity services in a timely manner. The Bump Start Baby Pack project offered new mums essential mother and baby items for use in the maternity hospital and during the first three months of a baby’s life to reduce the risk of poor outcomes among groups at risk for baby health and mortality. The packs were a gateway to engagement with at-risk mothers, providing other baby resources and alleviating anxiety and isolation through home visiting and befriending.”

Watch - Reducing Infant Mortality Award finalists


Primary Care Award winner

Homeless Primary Care Team - Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

10“Knowing that there was a medication out there that could save lives, the Homeless Primary Care Team launched a 'Take Home Naloxone' programme in a bid to fight the two-thirds increase in the number of drug-related deaths from heroin and morphine across England in the past two years. It teaches and empowers individuals to manage an opioid overdose, to administer naloxone and issue them with the medication to keep the overdose casualty alive until an ambulance arrives. The swift treatment helps to reduce the incidence of victims suffering life-changing permanent disabilities after surviving an opioid overdose, and so far 26 successful uses of naloxone have been reported.”

Watch - Primary Care Award finalists


Chair's Award winners

Midland Langar Seva Society

19“Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS) is a volunteer-based charity which works to help the homeless and poor and provide food to those who need it, treating all humanity as one. Inspired by the free kitchen started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, in around 1481, the charity does not accept any money, just food and other items for the needy across Sandwell and West Birmingham, other UK locations and Delhi in India. MLSS has been providing meals on the streets for the past two years, along with moral support and advice on finding a home.”

Boathouse Runners

20“Anthony Hayes set up this beginners’ running group after his son died of a heart defect - to raise awareness of the importance of heart health, help people get fit, raise money for the British Heart Foundation and encourage people to use Handsworth Park. The group now has 144 members aged between nine and 78 years and has held two 10k races, raising more than £14,000 for the British Heart Foundation. Members are encouraged to talk as they run to regulate breathing, creating a very sociable group featuring members with a wide range of ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.”

Watch - Chair's Award finalists


People's Choice Award

This new addition to the 2016 ‘Excellence in Equality’ line up saw over 1,500 local people vote for their equality champion. Thanks to everyone who got involved and, most importantly, congratulations to the 2016 People’s Choice Award winner...

Birmingham Peer Educator Blood, Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Project - Kidney Research UK