Get Your Votes In For The County’s Diversity Awards


Organisers behind Cumbria’s only awards show dedicated to celebrating diversity across the region are encouraging people to get their votes in before the deadline this week.

The Diverse Cumbria Awards are set to take place this year on Friday 24th September at the Halston Hotel in Carlisle. Growing year on year since its creation the annual ceremony is about everyone, and organisers want to encourage not only professionals to attend but to invite and bring along the people they are working with too.

Nominations are due to close this Wednesday (30th June) and you can nominate anyone who you think is deserving of some recognition for their work in equality, diversity, and inclusion in and across Cumbria. Worthy recipients are organisations or individuals working hard to ensure everyone feels included. Nominations are free and can be submitted via the Diverse Cumbria website.

Organiser Ben Vollans said: “I’m so excited for this year’s awards! Even with all the other events I do, this is still the highlight of my year. I still can’t believe it’s been going for 5 years now. But I’ve made this year extra special with a live performance from Danny Dunnery and his band.

“Nominations from the public are a big part of the awards, we can’t know everything that is going on in the county, so feedback and nominations from you, the public, are vitally important. They take less than 2 minutes to fill out.”

This year Ben has added in a few extra awards bringing the total to nine. Award categories include Business Champion, Diversity Event of the Year, Educational Champion, Organisation Champion, Positive Role Model, Positive Young Person, Public Sector Champion, Volunteer Champion and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event team are looking forward to a night where everyone feels safe, supported, and celebrated. A night to bring together service users and professionals to cheer on those who have been shortlisted and wait in anticipation for the winners to be announced.

Tickets are on sale now and guests will be greeted with a free welcome drink on arrival. As they step onto the red carpet to enter the incredible Mail Exchange room, photo opportunities will be taking place. Guests will then have a chance to network and find their seats before the welcome speeches commence. They will then enjoy a delicious 2 course meal before the awards ceremony gets underway. Finishing with live entertainment at the end of the evening and a chance to have a dance and let your hair down.

The event is being supported by some big names this year including Sellafield, ITV News, North Cumbria NHS Trust, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, BAE Systems and Northern Rail.

To learn more, submit nominations and grab your tickets visit



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