SCLT Crowned Winners in Civil Service Diversity and Equality Awards
The Civil Service Diversity & Equality Awards identify and celebrate the many exceptional achievements that are made across government every day. They demonstrate the importance of promoting diversity and equality in the workplace, and provide an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice.
Diversity champion and Foreign Office permanent secretary Sir Simon Fraser introduced the awards, which featured six categories, in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Justice headquarters.
Opening the ceremony, Sir Simon said that the awards, now in their eighth year, have had attracted a remarkable 153 nominations: that being a 74% increase compared to 2013.
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) were delighted to have been selected as winners of the 'Understanding and engaging with Communities' category of the awards, were SCLT volunteer and member of the trustee committee, Mr Roger Ibrahim accepted the trophy from Sir Paul Jenkins, a former Civil Service Diversity Champion.
Roger said, "This award feels like a real pat on the back from the judging panel and hopefully all our volunteers will appreciate the recognition this brings for all the sacrifices and effort that they put into their ongoing devotion to keeping older adults safe"
"I have said this more than once at similar ceremonies, but it is so important I feel I have to reiterate it again, but without the support from our sponsors like the Ahmadiyyan Muslim Association and the Somerset Community Foundation, we would be unable to carry out out vital volunteering work, so a huge thanks goes out to all our supporters, who really do share in this fantastic accolade"
SCLT Trustee, Roger Ibrahim (centre) receives the trophy from the recently retired Civil Service Diversity Lead, Sir Paul Jenkins, watched by Sir Simon Frazer (right), the current Civil Service Diversity Champion