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Suran Dickson

g3 & Out awards shortlisting - how we got here

Monday January 6, 2014

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Diversity Role Models and their Chief Executive Suran Dickson have both been nominated for awards in the 2014 Out-G3 Awards. Here is where you go to vote but before you do, let's give you an update on how we got here and some reasons to support us.

  • Since Suran founded the charity in 2011, with the help of an amazing group of like-minded people, it has progressed from one staff member (Suran) to a team of four full-time staff and over 100 volunteers.
  • Over 7,000 young people have now taken part in workshops.
  • Children's reactions measured by attitude change and feedback on the workshops is overwhelmingly positive; 92% say they would now treat an LGBT person better after participating in a DRM workshop.
  • Having started in London, in 2013 DRM expanded its delivery to (amongst others) Birmingham, Bournemouth, Oxford, Barnsley, Newcastle and Poole
  • 2014 sees DRM running a pilot project in Liverpool working with established Liverpool facilitators and local role models.
  • DRM Carnival has established itself a key part of the London LGBT social calendar raising over £80,000 this year to support our work.
  • DRM now has major corporate sponsorship from Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as other corporate partners (BNY Mellon, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Sigma - the list grows regularly). This shows the strength of belief in the effectiveness of DRM's work in tackling the issue.
  • DRM is working in partnership with the London Borough of Islington to create supported and thorough programmes, including our workshops, in many Islington schools.
  • Our targets for 2014 include achieving delivery in every London borough; building on the Liverpool project to deliver in two other major cities and becoming the No.1 go-to organisation for delivery in schools which challenges homophobic and transphobic bullying.

A vote for Diversity Role Models and Suran will demonstrate your support for the success we have achieved and also, through the publicity if we win, help us to achieve our ambitious plans for expansion.

Thanks for your support

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