Less than three weeks to go to apply for the Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards

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Applications will be closing soon for the 2017 Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards, which champion the support given to vulnerable people in our local area.

The awards, organised by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), have been held annually since 2015.  They recognise and celebrate work undertaken by local, groups and organisations to address inequalities in health and well-being.

Previous winners include a health visiting service for vulnerable families, a group of churches who provide food for asylum seekers and refugees, a one-stop shop for carers, and a social enterprise for people aged over 50.

Ranjit Sondhi, Equality and Diversity Lead at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

“The Equality Awards have become one of the most important events in the Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG calendar. 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.”

In 2016 a new category – the People’s Choice Award – was introduced which gives the public and patients of Sandwell and West Birmingham the forum to champion the organisation or individual that means the most to them.

Neerja Jain, Health Improvement Project Manager at Kidney Research UK, said:

“We were absolutely delighted and humbled to win the People’s Vote last year as we were up against so many amazing causes. This was so rewarding for our Volunteer Peer Educator team who tirelessly dedicate their time to save lives in their communities. It was fantastic to see their commitment recognised by the public to whom we are very grateful.

“Our Peer Educator projects continue to make a positive impact in different parts of the UK, swelling the numbers on the Organ Donor Register and supporting people with kidney disease to make choices about their treatment options.”

This year’s awards event will be held on 2 November at Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa FC.

The CCG will shortlist projects in September 2017. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at Villa Park on 2 November 2017.

Applications will be closing on 26 July and people can apply at https://sandwellandwestbhamccg.nhs.uk/equality-awards