Equalities Week winners are a work of art!
Pupils from schools across East Ayrshire have been busy creating artwork based around the theme of 'equality' and some of their work is now gracing the front of a programme which details the events coming up during East Ayrshire Equality Week.
Pupils from all East Ayrshire schools were invited to enter the poster competition set up by the Council's Equality and Diversity Officer Alyia Zaheed, and four winning entries were chosen to use on the front of four different versions of the Equality Week programme. The winners and runners-up also received prizes which were kindly donated by various local companies and organisations.
Equality Week, which runs from 3 - 10 March, aims to raise awareness of equality and diversity issues within East Ayrshire and all of the events, some of which have been organised by the Council and Community Planning partners and others by national agencies and community groups, are free to attend. Events include cycling, food tasting, talent shows and a gypsy traveller awareness session.
A 'Cycling for All' event will kick start the week on Saturday 3 March at St Joseph's Academy in Kilmarnock from 9.30am to 12.30pm. This will give people the opportunity to take part in a leisurely 6 mile cycle, or more enthusiastic cyclists can enjoy a longer 12 mile journey. There will also be a Fun Skills course which is suitable for all the family.
Rounding off the week's events on Saturday 10 March will be a Multi-Cultural event, again at St Joseph's, where communities can come together to celebrate the diversity that exists within East Ayrshire. From 10.30am to 2.00pm there'll be live entertainment, food tasting from around the world, sporting events, information stalls, henna painting, card making and even a crèche for the little ones.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Spokesperson for Equalities within the Council, said: "The standard of the artwork was excellent and it was obvious that the pupils had all put a lot of thought into the topic of equality. It was very hard for us to decide on the winners as all of the pictures would have looked good on the programme's front cover, but we finally settled on four winners whose work is now appearing all over East Ayrshire and further afield as people receive their programmes for Equality Week. My congratulations go to all of those who entered the competition.
"East Ayrshire Equality week really will contain something for everyone, from 'Dads in Play' events which will encourage dads and their children to experience interactive activities, to sign language and family history workshops, Bookbug sessions for children and Adult Disability Sports Club events.
"I would encourage anyone who lives in East Ayrshire to log on to http://bookings.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/equalityweek2012 to book a place at an event or call Alyia Zaheed, Equality and Diversity Officer on 01563 576244 for more information."
The Council is grateful for the funding which has been provided through the Awards for All grant programme which has helped greatly with the organisation of Equality Week.
The winners were: Andrew Connell, Park School; Faye Richmond, Riccarton Nursery School; Bradley Harte, Mauchline Primary School and Bradley Mackie, Cumnock Academy.