Announcing The Inaugural Make A Difference Awards – Who Will You Nominate?

March 2020-21 has been a year like no other – filled with challenges, change, and uncertainty. Yet it has also been a year when kindness, generosity and collaboration have shone through. This is what we want to celebrate.

So, it is with great pleasure that I proudly announce nominations are now open for the inaugural Make A Difference Awards.


The Make A Difference Awards are an opportunity for us to stop, think and thank the individuals and the organisations that have really made a difference to workplace mental health and wellbeing over the past year.

We are very grateful indeed to Royal Mail and Optima Health who are co-sponsors of the award.

Dr Shaun Davis, Royal Mail’s Global Director of Compliance & Sustainability (Safety, Health, Wellbeing, Security and Compliance) said: “We are delighted to be supporting these awards. The pandemic has created a unique opportunity to reinvent inclusive ways of working that enhance mental health and wellbeing. By highlighting the people and organisations that are leading the way, the Make A Difference Awards will inspire others to follow their example.”

Nominations are open until 15 April

We welcome your nominations. Once these have been received, they will be reviewed by our panel of judges, Chaired by Dr Shaun Davis. He is joined by: Simon Arnold, CEO, Optima Health; Dr Kamel Hothi OBE, Non-Executive Director, TLC Lions; Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community; Stacy Thomson, Founder, The Performance Club and me, Claire Farrow, Partner & Global Head of Content, Make A Difference Media & MAD World Summit

The shortlist will be then be open to the Make A Difference community vote with the winners announced on Make A Difference Day on 16 June 2021.

The Awards’ co-sponsor, Simon Arnold, CEO, Optima Health said: “Having a Make A Difference Day in June is a great idea. Taking place between Mental Health Awareness Week in May and World Mental Health Day in October, sends a clear message that we need to be keep the conversation about workplace mental health and wellbeing going right across the year. We are very proud to be co-sponsoring the award and I am very much looking forward to reviewing the award entries”.

Who will you nominate? It could be an organisation or individual that you know well, or one that you’ve admired from the distance. We welcome your suggestions.

Click here to nominate the organisation and/or individual who you believe has made the biggest difference to workplace mental health and wellbeing over the past year.

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Claire Farrow is the Global Director of Content and Programming for the Mad World and Make a Difference Summits. She also drives the content for Make A Difference News. Claire is on a mission to help every employer – large, medium and small – get the insight, inspiration and contacts they need to make real impact on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing in their organisation. She has been freelance for more than 15 years. During that time, she has had the honour of working with many leading publishers, including the New York Times



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