An astonishing 52,000 people were nominated this year alone and the results are finally in, with 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide. Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the magnificent Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 4 February 2022 to witness the 2021 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

Able Magazine has partnered with the National Diversity Awards (NDAs) for nine of its 10 years. This year editor, Tom Jamison, reprised his judging role for the Positive Role Model, Disability Award and commented: “There’s something very special about the NDAs. The nominees in the disability role model category were incredible and selecting the shortlist was extremely difficult since there were so many that deserve broader recognition and reward for their efforts. It’s still a privilege to be involved, particularly in the tenth anniversary year.”

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton. Activist Katie Piper, Emmerdale star, Ash Palmisciano and Paralympic gold medallist, Danny Crates were on this year’s judging panel, dedicating their time to help choose the highly anticipated shortlist.

Author and philanthropist, Katie Piper said: “I am so proud to be on the judging panel for the National Diversity Awards. In what has been a tough year for many, I am so pleased these awards create and celebrate a new generation of positive role models. As a campaigner myself, I will love reading about the excellent achievements of grassroot communities which tackle the issues in today’s society with sheer dedication. I can’t wait to honour these charities, role models and community heroes who will have shown outstanding commitment to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion.”

Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards, Paul Sesay, added, “During challenging times, it is now more important than ever to recognise our nation’s unsung role models. Let me reiterate that creating this shortlist was extremely difficult due to the vast amount of invaluable work being carried out by nominees. The UK has truly embraced the spirit of The National Diversity Awards by uniting through adversity to create a host of incredible initiatives. The profound impact made by all our nominees is astonishing, and I feel personally encouraged to know that so many lives are being changed for the better due to the many causes being championed by all of you.

Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards, Paul Sesay.

This year marks our 10 year anniversary and I am honoured to share this special time with so many phenomenal role models and community groups. After weeks of deliberating and thousands of heartfelt testimonials later, I am delighted to finally present to you the best of British diversity. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is an honour to recognise your fearlessness, resilience and humanitarian efforts with the rest of the world. Let’s continue the fight for justice, unity and equality for all”.

The shortlist for the two disability awards are as follows:

Positive Role Model Disability: Matt Hampson, Carmela Chillery-Watson, Abbie Hills, Kelly Given, Kerry Thompson, Katie Berrill, Dermot Devlin, Tegan Vincent-Cooke

Community Organisation Disability: PDA Society, MS Together, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, Indepen-dance, PCPLD Network – Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities, SPACE Hertfordshire, Tourette Scotland, CASPA (Children On The Autistic Spectrum Parents Association)

Winners will be announced at The National Diversity Awards 2021 on February 04th. Tickets are now on sale here: www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2021tickets