In a spectacular evening of culture, diversity, and recognition, Cardiff’s City Hall played host to the Cultural Competence Certification Scheme Awards, celebrating the achievements of organisations that have committed to improving their services through the Diverse Cymru Cultural Competence Certification Scheme. With 150 guests in attendance, the event was nothing short of a triumph, a testament to the importance of fostering inclusive and culturally sensitive environments.

The event was compèred by Diverse Cymru’s CEO Chris Dunn, Suzanne Duval Cultural Competence Scheme Manager and Dr. Charles Willie; the founder of Diverse Cymru. Their commitment to promoting diversity and cultural competence has been instrumental in creating a more inclusive Wales.

Guests were treated to a three course meal and entertainment was provided by the enchanting Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir, whose harmonious melodies filled the hall with an ethereal ambiance. Hubert Placide (Wahda) of DUO-FLEX Sounds of Steel played throughout the evening, bringing the spirit of the Caribbean to the heart of Cardiff with authentic steel band music. The audience was transported to distant shores as the music transcended boundaries, reinforcing the theme of the evening.

The event’s guest speakers were no less impressive, with the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales, and Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip, sharing their insights and expressing their unwavering support for the cause of cultural competence and its importance to the Anti-Racist Wales action plan. We also heard from speakers Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna and Vaughan Gething MS.

Awards were presented to 20 organisations and were presented by Oliver John from the Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales, Councillor Bablin Molik, The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Cardiff, and Dr. Gaynor Legall, Chair of The Heritage & Cultural Exchange (HCE). Each award served as a symbol of recognition for the organisations that have embraced and implemented culturally competent practises, and are committing to the process of continual improvement in this area.

We’d like to thank all who attended the event and made it a success, and offer our congratulations to the organisations who are participating in the scheme and received their awards.

List of Award Winners:

Gold Award
The University of Kent – Student Support Services
Tenovus – Head Office and Shops
Public Health Wales – People and Organisational Development Department
Adferiad Recovery – Swansea Head Office

Silver Plus Award
Wales Millennium Centre – Senior Management Team
SCVS – Swansea County Voluntary Service
New Horizons Mental Health
NHS Wales – National Collaborative Commissioning Unit
Mental Health Matters Wales
Interlink Rhondda Cynon Taf
Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) – People, Workforce and Organisational Development Leadership
Glamorgan Cricket
Cricket Wales
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – Therapeutic Support Service, Mental Health and Learning Disability Division

Silver Award
Wye Gymnastics & Galaxy Cheerleading
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council – Community Safety Department
BAVO – Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations

Bronze Award
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board – South Wales Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training Centre

Ruby Award
Cardiff and the Vale Regional Partnership Board – Dementia Learning and Development Team
Adferiad Recovery – Colwyn Bay Head Office

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors…

Event sponsors: Adferiad Recovery and NHS Wales and Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW)

Feature sponsors: Mind Cymru and Royal College of Midwives

Category sponsors: NHS Wales – Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Platfform

Thanks also to all businesses who contributed to our raffle which raised over £600 for the “Christmas for Care Homes” project  who distribute hundreds of presents to older people in Cardiff.