Three innovative projects have each been awarded an accolade for promoting equality and diversity.
Bolton Council received the coveted North West Regional Equality and Diversity Award for three of its successful projects at an awards ceremony at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester.
The winning projects were Cell by Date, an exhibition created by young people on crime and punishment; Perceptions, an exhibition exploring the perceptions of disability and the Visitor Volunteer programme, which enables people with disabilities to volunteer at Bolton Museum.
The North West Regional Equality and Diversity Awards is an annual ceremony which celebrates examples of good practice of equality and diversity employed by authorities in the region.
Bolton’s three winning entries were among 12 successful projects, chosen from 41 submissions overall.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by everyone involved in the projects. To win one award is something to be proud of, but to win three really is testament to the hard work that goes in to making Bolton Council an authority that is committed to promoting equality and diversity.
“The Cell by Date exhibition was an impressive piece of work by the borough’s young people, while the Perceptions exhibition showed the wealth of artistic talent that is present in our town and I’m sure anyone who has visited the museum on a Saturday and had the pleasure of meeting the visitor volunteers will agree it is a worthwhile scheme.”
Cell by Date is a project run in conjunction with Bolton Museum and Archive Service and Genesis entry to employment youth group, which equipped young people with new skills and confidence. The group researched and designed an exhibition focusing on crime and punishment which resulted in a successful run at Bolton Museum.
Perceptions is a joint project with 25 disability groups across Bolton and Wigan which resulted in an exhibition exploring the perceptions of disability. The project was organised by the council’s Arts Development department, in partnership with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and Wigan and Leigh Disability Arts Network. The exhibition was shown at the Neo Artists Gallery in The Market Place, Bolton.
Visitor Volunteers is run in partnership with MENCAP and Bolton Museum and Archive Service. The programme provides people with learning disabilities the opportunity to become a volunteer at the museum and so enhance visitors’ experience.
To gain the awards, entry submissions had to demonstrate how the projects promoted equality and diversity, challenged the status quo, promoted positive outcomes and led to fundamental changes in existing practises.