Sefton Golden Days up for National Diversity Award

08.08.2016

A Plus Dane-supported group for over 55s has been nominated for a national award. Sefton Golden Days has been shortlisted in the ‘community organisation award for age’ category of the National Diversity Awards.

A ceremony at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral next month will celebrate the achievements of grass root communities nationwide committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in society. More than 20,000 nominations and votes were received this year and stars like Idris Elba and Mo Farrah are also up for awards.

Sefton Golden Days Group is led by local residents and supported by Plus Dane as well as other local organisations. It was set up to tackle social isolation and vulnerability among over 55s.

More than 150 members have taken part in the group’s activities over the past two years, as part of an attempt to bring older people together through fun and education. This has included lunches, pamper days, theatre trips, tea dances and live music events, intergenerational projects and more.

Plus Dane neighbourhood engagement officer Irene Crone said: “Sefton Golden Days is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when residents take the lead in tackling social isolation and vulnerability in their neighbourhood. With support from Plus Dane and other partners they have been able to make a real difference to the lives of the people in Sefton. Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award shows how much of a positive impact the group have had with an often ignored and forgotten part of the community.”

Paul Sesay, founder of The National Diversity Awards said: “The quality of nominations exceeds my expectations every year. This year was no exception with a host of inspirational role models and community organisations nominated across the country. Those shortlisted should be extremely proud, you truly are all winners and I wish each and every one of you the very best of luck.”

The Sefton Golden Days Group is led by local residents from Sefton and supported by Plus Dane Housing, Your Housing and Riverside. The group has secured funding from each of these organisations as well as Sefton Area Committee, One Vision and Trafford Hall.

The National Diversity Awards take place on September 16, 2016 and will be hosted by ITV News presenter Charlene White and actor and comedian Richard Blackwood.