Acts of Kindness has been shortlisted for a key award at the National Diversity Awards (NDA) 2021.
It has been nominated in the Community Organisation Award for Multi-Strand category which recognises groups, charities and voluntary organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to their local community, or nationwide, with diversity as their core focus.
The charity, which operates primarily in the Fareham and Gosport areas offers a wide-ranging crisis support service from a foodbank to furniture, clothing, community projects and loneliness calls to a wide range of people in need of a friendly voice on the phone.
Kerry Snuggs, founder of Acts of Kindness (Community) Solent said she was thrilled the charity has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award with the National Diversity Awards this year attracting more than 52,000 nominations.
“We pride ourselves on being kind and that means helping anyone in need,” said Kerry. “Everyone within the charity, our partners and our supporters are kind and compassionate people who are dedicated to helping those less fortunate and we hope we promote a kinder and more inclusive society,” said Kerry.
Acts of Kindness is one of 126 nominees shortlisted and recognised for their tremendous achievements with this accolade coming hot on the heels of the charity winning a Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service and Kerry being honoured with a BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, the NDAs continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton. Activist Katie Piper, Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano and Paralympic Gold Medallist Danny Creates were on this year’s judging panel, dedicating their time to help choose the shortlisted candidates.
Author and philanthropist, Katie Piper said: “I am so proud to be on the judging panel for the National Diversity Awards. In what has been a tough year for many, I am so pleased these awards create and celebrate a new generation of positive role models. As a campaigner myself, I will love reading about the excellent achievements of grass-root communities which tackle the issues in today’s society with sheer dedication. I can’t wait to honour these charities, role models and community heroes who will have shown outstanding commitment to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion.”
Paul Sesay, founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added, “During challenging times, it is now more important than ever to recognise our nation’s unsung role models. Let me reiterate that creating this shortlist was extremely difficult due to the vast amount of invaluable work being carried out by nominees. The UK has truly embraced the spirit of The National Diversity Awards by uniting through adversity to create a host of incredible initiatives. The profound impact made by all our nominees is astonishing, and I feel personally encouraged to know that so many lives are being changed for the better due to the many causes being championed by all of you.
Acts of Kindness will find out in February 2022 if it has won the award at a gala evening in Liverpool.