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Igniting Inspiration Campaign & Awards

Showcasing ordinary women doing extraordinary things

As featured by BBC North, i-news and The Voice!

Women who are making a positive difference at work or in society often don’t get the recognition they deserve. They work tirelessly and they rarely stop to reflect on the impact that they’ve made on the people around them. They’re usually reluctant to put themselves forward for accolades, because they don’t feel they’re doing anything special.

Too many great stories go unheard! And we’ve witnessed how their achievements inspire even greater positive social action. That’s why we’re dedicated to sharing their inspirational stories, online and offline.

For Women Changemakers in the North

Our year-round online PR campaign showcases the achievements and dedication of women changemakers in the North. We want to give them the recognition and profile they deserve and we do this by publishing each nomination as a case study. This way, our nominees benefit from a dedicated web page which showcases their work and that can be shared widely across social media.

The case study can be used as a bio, which we share with the media or other relevant contacts. It remains on our website permanently, meaning that they don’t only benefit from PR in that year. Once you’re in our circle, we continue to champion you!

We amplify the campaign’s reach by working with trusted partners. In 2020, BBC North continues to be our main media partner, sharing our nominee and winner stories throughout the year. We are grateful for their support.

And finally, at our celebration event each year, we showcase six women drawn from their respective categories to highlight the social change they are making at home, at work, or in their communities. Due to Covid-19, our celebration event will be held online this year.

The Igniting Inspiration Categories

  • Heart of Gold

    for a woman who has made a huge difference to another person’s life.

  • Community Champion

    for a woman who has made an outstanding contribution within her community.

  • Social Impact Star

    for a woman who has made scaleable change within her workplace or community.

Igniting Inspiration winners

Will you become one of our Sponsor Superheroes in 2020?

Thanks to Liz Wright and Melanie Jordan who have gifted tickets to other women with limited means.

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