We’ve donated £1,000 to Ditch the Label

We’ve donated £1,000 to Ditch the Label

Image : Some of the photo-booth pics from the inaugural Inclusive Networks Awards

We’re delighted to start the year by making a donation of £1,000 to awesome anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label. The UK charity are a provider of innovative advice, support and intervention programs designed to benefit young people who are impacted by bullying within the UK as well as to their parents, guardians, teaching professionals, other charities and Governmental agencies.

Ditch the Label were the Charity Partner for our inaugural Inclusive Networks Awards, a celebration of network groups that took place in Manchester on 19th November 2015. We raised the money through donating a percentage of the ticket sales from the event (one of the only diversity awards to do so) as well as a small raffle on the night.

Thomas Anderson, Founder of Inclusive Networks said : “Over 40% of young people experience bullying and it was important to me that we used the awards to contribute in some small way to the important work of Ditch the Label. I’m proud that in our first year, and first awards event, we were able to make a donation to the charity and I’d like to thank everyone who attended the awards and helped us support their amazing work.”

On receiving the donation, Liam Hackett, Chief Executive Officer at Ditch the Label, said : “We were really honoured to be selected as the chosen charity for the Inclusive Networks Awards 2015. As an independent charity, every penny counts and the generous donation has been put straight into supporting approximately 500 young people – helping them to overcome bullying.”

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Find out more about Ditch the Label. This video was played at the Inclusive Networks Awards.

“As an independent charity, every penny counts and the generous donation has been put straight into supporting approximately 500 young people – helping them to overcome bullying.”

In addition to the donation, Ditch the Label received a full-page advert in the awards programme and branding at the event and online at no charge.

Ditch the Label was established to cater to slightly older teens who perhaps feel alienated or embarrassed about accessing existing provisions. They believe that it is important to produce innovative interventions that are designed to give young people the tools that they need to overcome bullying and the harmful effects that it creates. They also work extensively across the country to teach young people one important thing : it’s okay to be different.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DITCH THE LABEL :

www.ditchthelabel.org

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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