One week to go to apply for prestigious equality awards

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Budding applicants have just days to get their application in for this year’s Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards, which champion the support given to vulnerable people in Sandwell and West Birmingham.  The deadline for applications is 15 August and people can apply at

Applications already received include Oldbury Community Fire Cadets, Black Country NHS Partnership Academy, Sandwell Police Diversity and Inclusion Panel and Tipton Library.

The diversity of Sandwell and West Birmingham’s population is one of the area’s unique selling points. Statistics from GP interpretation services show that Polish, Rumanian and Punjabi were the top three languages interpreted in 2016/17 in Sandwell and West Birmingham. 

Every year the Equality Awards draws attention to a specific area of health and well-being, which is undergoing a significant transformation. The theme of this year’s event is Learning Disabilities. One of the presenters at this year’s event will be Joanna Grace, an international sensory engagement and inclusion specialist, trainer, author and founder of The Sensory Projects.

Ranjit Sondhi, Equality and Diversity Lead at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, 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.”

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.

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.