Congratulations to the 2018 StandUp Champions

We  held our first StandUp Champion Award Ceremony on Friday 23rd November 2018 – an extremely special for us and all involved.

With the support of Aon, the purpose was to honour and recognise remarkable people, charities and companies who have made a real difference in tackling bullying and homophobia in sport.

Aon graciously hosted the event and their Global Chairman Reinsurance Solutions, Dominic Christian, spoke eloquently about the work they have done and continue to do to advocate for diversity and inclusion in the insurance sector and, indeed, across the City of London.

Lee Marshall, Chair of Trustees for the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, was Master of Ceremonies and presented the Awards, alongside the Foundation’s founder, Ben Cohen MBE.

Over drinks and nibbles, guests networked and shared about their life work. To be in a room brimming with such inspirational people was truly energising. 

We are grateful for all the nominations received and all those people and organsations nominated were worthy of recognition.

After making some tough choices, the Judges successfully whittled the entries down to a shortlist of extra-ordinarily caring people and organisations from which the winners were selected.

Announcing the winners of the StandUp Champion Awards 2018

StandUp Champion Company of the Year 2018

The London Hotel, Southampton

 StandUp Champion Charity of the Year 2018

The Children and Young Persons Team, at Victim Support West Midlands
Educational Action Challenging Homophobia – or EACH

 StandUp Champion Inspirational Individual of the Year 2018

Adrienne Katz
Davey Murphy

And finally …

StandUp Champion Hero of the Year 2018

The Albert Kennedy Trust

This Award is in the gift of the trustees and honours an individual or an organisation who are believed to have made a very special contribution to work in the field of anti-bullying.

In 1989, six volunteers led by Cath Hall met in Manchester to launch the world’s first ever service for homeless LGBT youth to provide safe homes and support, and later mentoring. It opened its office in London in 1995 to meet the growing need in the capital. In 2012 it opened the first emergency safe house for LGBT young people, the Purple Door Project.

Under the inspirational leadership of Tim Sigsworth, this organisation supports those who find themselves homeless, simply for being honest about their sexual orientation.

In 2017, they provided over 6000 nights of safe accommodation to young people and 91% of the people who they had helped said that they felt their lives had improved following support from this organisation.

Everyone on the shortlists do the most fantastic work and deserve public appreciation for the positive impact they have on the world.

Company of the Year Shortlist

The London Hotel, Southampton – David and Raymond Riley-Cole have been running this community pub in the centre of Southampton. They are passionate about inclusion and have raised funds for the several local charities and anti-bullying organisations. They have funded an inclusive rugby team who meet regularly at the pub, and also reached out to the trans community to provide them with a safe space to meet and socialise.

AON – Under the leadership of Dominic Christian, Aon is a leader on diversity and inclusion in the City. It is also part of Stonewall’s Team Pride Consortium – driving LGBT equality in sport – amongst several other programmes and projects.

Caddy PrideCaddy Pride is a non-profit organisation working in the heartland of Michigan State, USA to raise awareness of bullying and LGBT suicide.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – Under the leadership of Annette Byron, they run an inclusion and diversity program (Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship) designed to help address the under-representation of black men from less privileged backgrounds in the City.

TootootUnder the leadership of Michael Brennan, Tootoot is an app that allows pupils to anonymously report concerns such as bullying, mental health and abuse, whilst providing a simple way for school staff to manage and respond to the concerns.

Charity of the Year Shortlist

The Children and Young Persons Team, at Victim Support West MidlandsThe team off 11 Independent Victim Advocates offer emotional and practical support to young victims aged 4 to 18 who have been subjected to hate crime, assault and cyber-bullying, as well as advocating on their behalf with schools, the Police and other agencies.

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia – or EACHprovides training, resources and support services to affirm the lives of LGBT+ people to reduce discrimination, harassment or bullying experienced because of gender identity or sexual orientation.

The Albert Kennedy TrustAKT is the national LGBT youth homelessness charity, focused on prevention and early action. They provide safe homes, mentoring, training, advocacy and support to young people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment, often as a result of coming out to their parents, care givers or their peers.

BulliesOutBased in Cardiff, BulliesOut work to engage and empower young people to develop a positive ethos across a whole school or organisation community, inspiring them to create an environment that meets the emotional, academic and social needs of pupils and staff.

Northleigh House School, Warwick – Since 2012, Northleigh House School has taken pupils who have been so severely bullied they cannot stay in mainstream schooling. At least 50% of the students who go to Northleigh have attempted suicide in desperation at the loneliness and helplessness they are experiencing. The pupils at Northleigh – about 26 students currently – are able to continue their education in a safe and nurturing environment whilst receiving any counselling or support they may need.

Red Balloon Learner CentreFor the past 22 years, Red Balloon has assisted 16,000 children who are too scared to go to school. They operate from a number of centres and also online. Through a combination of academic study, therapy and engagement with the community, Red Balloon coaxes children to enjoy learning and life again, and to re-engage with mainstream education.

Inspirational Individual of the Year 2018 Shortlist

Adrienne Katz – Adrienne has worked in the anti-bullying field for around 20 years. She is an eminent voice nationally on e-safety and anti-bullying practice, as well as a published author, trainer and passionate advocate for the rights and equality of children.

Davey MurphyDavey has worked in youth work for 10 years and is currently a mentor at Kick London. He mentors both the bullied and the bully.

Ed ConnellFor his work as Chair of the Gay Football Supporters network, tackling homophobia and discrimination within football.

Suzannah Palmer – Acting in a response to the number of young people taking their own lives in Pembrokeshire, including a member of her own family, Suzannah organised a group to investigate why these deaths were happening and what services could be put in place to safeguard children and young people. She has helped families locally in South Wales to support each other, to connect and obtain the advice they need.

Amer Sheikh – Amer is a rapping chemistry teacher in Sunderland. For the past 12 years, Amer has inspired students to use rap music in workshops as a novel approach to standing up to many aspects of bullying and anti-social behaviour.

Daniel WinterfeldtDaniel is a partner in a leading City law firm. He combines this with a passion for diversity and inclusion and is Co-Chair and Founder of the Inter-Law Diversity Forum. Daniel is a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust and, through Inter-Law and other initiatives has raised over £500,000 to help LGBT charities.

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