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Merseyside Scouts has been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

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Merseyside Scouts, which has over 10,000 members and serves 146 diverse communities across Merseyside, has been shortlisted for the Community Organisation Award for Age at the National Diversity Awards 2018.

A total of 24,584 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.

Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 14th September to witness the countries 2018 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

Amongst those being honoured are freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans rights activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.

Peter Oliver, the County Commissioner of Merseyside Scouts, said “as one of Merseyside’s leading youth charities with 8000 young people and over 2500 adult volunteers, we’re delighted that the work of our young people and adult volunteers is being recognised in this way. Scouts is open to all; across divided communities, we create greater social cohesion. Scouts brings people together; we offer shared experiences and a place to meet those of different backgrounds, promoting mutual understanding and building of friendships. In a time of uncertainty, we are preparing young people to be happy, resilient citizens and we help young people to develop the values, self-belief and belief in others that will help them become confident, active citizens. We offer a place to belong and skills for life to succeed.”

Johnson & Johnson have recently been announced as headline sponsors of the pioneering awards that have paid tribute to over 700 grass root charities and diversity champions since its inception. Joining the likes of the Army, Direct Line Group and Nielsen, Johnson & Johnson are listed amongst a host of companies showcasing their support to recognising diverse talent.

Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA's continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton.

Radio 2 presenter and Scissor Sister favourite Ana Matronic will host this year’s ceremony alongside television presenter Brian Dowling. Reflecting on the forthcoming celebrations, Ana said “I’m delighted to be hosting the 2018 National Diversity Awards in Liverpool for the second year in a row. Last year’s event was a true celebration of diversity across every area and nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to be a part of this prestigious event! I can’t wait to meet all of the nominees and winners! Liverpool, I’ll see you in September”.

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added “An overwhelming amount of nominations and votes were received this year, and I know our judging panel had an incredibly difficult task of whittling down the nominees to create an outstanding shortlist. So many heartfelt testimonies really showcased how these people and organisations are having a profound impact on the lives of others, and I applaud them for their dedication to each specific cause. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage and I am honoured to share this with the nation. I look forward to congratulating you in person in September”.

To view a full list of nominees please visit

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