Mr Jones has been nominated for the ‘Diversity Role Model - LGBT’ category at The 2016 National Diversity Awards!
The ceremony celebrates some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across the UK. The awards aim to recognise nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.
Mr Jones has been the SENCO at Phoenix for 4 years. He is open with pupils about his own learning needs (dyslexia and hearing needs) as well as his sexuality, allowing them to recognise a positive role model and challenge any misconceptions they may have.
Mr Jones has helped set up ‘Phoenix for Support and Equality’ group which aims to give pupils a voice in the support and advice offered and is active in supporting pupils with a range of issues including Mental Health, Sexuality, Gender, Bereavement and any other issues the pupils identify.
Out of school, Mr Jones is also the Chairman of the Birmingham Bulls RFC, a rugby club based in the gay community of Birmingham welcoming players regardless of ability or sexuality. The Rugby club aims to challenge sporting misconceptions.
The National Diversity Awards 2016 in association with Microsoft will be held in Liverpool on September 16th.
Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities who have contributed to creating a more diverse and inclusive society.
The largest diversity awards ceremony of its kind has attracted a growing list of top employers such as Transport for London, Financial Ombudsman Service and PwC. The prestigious black-tie event has also gained support from a number of celebrities including Stephen Fry, Lenny Henry and Ade Adeptian.
Olympic Diver Tom Daley said, 'The National Diversity Awards is a true celebration. A celebration of role models and community organisations who are having a huge impact on people lives. 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. I would like to wish all the shortlisted nominees the very best of luck at this year’s National Diversity Awards'.
Amongst last year’s winners was technology professional Tunji Akintokun who, alongside his day job as Director at Cisco Systems, runs Your Future, Your Ambition. The social enterprise encourages young people from ethnically diverse backgrounds into STEM related industries.
Landscape photographer Oliver Hellowell took home the positive role model award for disability. With over a thousand votes and some impeccable evidence Oliver was described as 'A shining example and marvellous role model for disabled people who wish to get barriers removed and achieve.'
Trans Men Support & Advice UK were also recognised for providing anonymity and fellowship to over 1000 trans masculine members throughout the UK.
The National Diversity Awards received over 20,000 nominations for last year’s event. Paul Sesay, Chief Executive of The National Diversity Awards said, ‘It is an honour to witness the extraordinary journeys of Britain’s unsung diversity heroes, and we will continue to recognise their extraordinary achievements during 2016’.
‘I know another fantastic spectacle of role models will be delivered and recognised this year’.
Nominations are now open and close June 20th 2016 - so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved!
Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date.
To nominate Mr Raun Jones please visit: www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk
Or for a nomination form please email: email@example.com