A major awards event to celebrate diversity, equality and innovation in Kirklees tomorrow (Wednesday September 21) will be live-streamed.

The Kirklees Diversity, Equality and Innovation Awards will be tomorrow from 2.30pm and will last just over an hour.

The awards event follows a conference in the morning with panelists answering questions which will run from 11.15am to 1.30pm. Both events are at Kirklees College in Huddersfield.

You’ll find the live stream at www.kirkleesdiversityandinnovation.com and people will be able to watch it again on this website whenever they want from next Monday, September 26.

You’ll also find the awards and conference on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn under @diversekirklees.

If you are using social media to share what’s happening then use #diversekirklees.

The Kirklees Diversity, Equality and Innovation Awards will recognise businesses, organisations and individuals, covering all aspects of diversity including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion.

All the finalists have made a significant impact locally and are outstanding positive role models to others.

The event has been organised by Kirklees Diversity = Innovation Network and the sponsors are Kirklees Council, Kirklees College, Kirklees Active Leisure, Syngenta, Cummins and Haddletons business and legal services.

Here are the award categories and shortlist:

Diverse Business

Deluxe Beds in Birkby

Hive Community Café in Huddersfield

Kirklees Library Service

Best Diversity Innovation 

Dial Wood Carriage Riding for the Disabled in Huddersfield

South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

Sensory World community interest company in Dewsbury

Public Service 

Alex Feather, Creative Minds co-ordinator Kirklees, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Kirklees Council Local Offer Team which helps people with children who have disabilities or special educational need.

Linda Johnson, improvement and relationships manager for Kirklees Council

Inclusive Third Sector Organisation

Huddersfield Literature Festival

Moonlight Trust in Dewsbury

Rainbow Baby Bank in Heckmondwike

Inclusive Community Project

Chickenley Community Centre

Communities Together that runs projects across Kirklees

Serendipity Creative Writers that uses creative writing to improve mental health across Kirklees

Diversity Champion of the Year

Dawn Pearson, communication, equality, diversity and inclusion lead for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Martyn Haymons, volunteer for Serendipity Creative Writers

Maysoon Shafiq, founder and director of Al Mu’Minun (The Believers) that runs projects to help people understand the religion of Islam

Outstanding Contribution to Inclusion and Diversity

Noushin Aslam, founder of the Moonlight Trust

Rosie Buxton, chair of Dalton Together

Tanisha Bramwell, founder of the Bramwell Sports Development Team which runs several projects in Dewsbury Moor including one that diverts young girls from anti-social behaviour

At the conference in the morning the panelists are:

Milton Brown, chief executive at Kirklees Local TV

Ruben Alejandro, group head for diversity and inclusion at Syngenta

Claire Paxman, brand ambassador and director of global training at Huddersfield company Paxman

Suhaila Gayatiri Binti Abdullah, integration and positive change manager at  Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH)

Palvinder Singh, principal and chief executive at Kirklees College

Clr Shabir Pandor, leader of Kirklees Council

Hugh Goulbourne, senior associate at Haddletons legal and business services
Evy Meirhaeghe, diversity relations manager at Cummins

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Director of Public Health at Kirklees Council

Kathy Morris, manager for culture and learning development at Paxman

Both events are hosted by Andy Hirst from AH! PR who co-hosted the Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards for many years alongside Huddersfield-born newsreader Nina Hossain.