NELFT has been nominated, in an impressive five categories, for the annual Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) Awards 2020. The nominations which were announced last week, commended NELFT in the following categories:
- Innovative Ways of Working
- Disability Confident
- Team of the Year
- Inclusive Culture
ENEI is an employer network promoting equality and inclusion in the workplace. The awards ceremony rewards organisations for harnessing a truly diverse workforce, and recognises the significant efforts of organisations that excel in their commitment to equality and inclusion.
Mariya Dimitrov, from the NELFT Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team said: “Our team have done a lot of work on the equality and inclusion agenda and we believe the Trust has come a long way. We have a number of staff networks that provide advice and support to staff as well as report back to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Board.
“We also have a successful Ethnic Minority Network with a membership of over 1,400 colleagues; due to launch its 3rd strategy this year and as well that, we’ve just launched our first Disability Staff Network strategy. Having been shortlisted for five awards in itself is a great recognition of our hard work and NELFT’s commitment to be an inclusive employer. ”
In April, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team rolled out the ‘Health Passport’, which is a confidential document designed for staff with long-term health conditions, mental health needs, neurodiversity or other learning difficulties, to help them assess the support they may need in the workplace.
The EDI team have also created a number of cultural guidance booklets and organised a number of training courses, available to all colleagues across NELFT, which are aimed to develop approaches to understanding people’s identities.
Due to COVID-19, the awards ceremony will not be held as usual, however Award Winners and Highly Commended organisations will announced on the 8th July 2020.