2016, what a year it has been!

Naz SimsekIn the Press, News BlogsLeave a Comment

With just over a week left until the end of the year, we thought we would bring you a round up of what we have achieved in the last 12 months.

Educate & Celebrate grows from strength to strength every single year with more schools, students and staff joining in the fun!

This year’s great Rainbow Bake Off competition is a great example with more than 100 entries of colourful creations to choose from! Hundreds of children battled it out for likes on social media ahead of the LIVE final next year.

From cakes, to likes to students- this year we managed to recruit hundreds more young people to our PRIDE Youth Networks which are being managed by our newest member of staff, Laura Kanaplue. Laura is on her way to creating more than 50 new networks of youngsters in schools across the UK as part of our newest campaign which was only started this month!

Laura is one of two new members to join the team this year, Jacqueline is our new Media and Communications Manager and together the pair is set to take Educate & Celebrate to the next level and make 2017 our best year yet!

While we have engaged in thousands of debates and discussions online through our website and social media platforms, we have also received a great deal of coverage from other media outlets. Educate & Celebrate made headlines in The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Metro, Evening Standard, BBC News, BBC Five Live, Radio Four, LBC, The Mirror, The Guardian, Gay Star News and Gaydio Radio on the Breakfast Show… just to name a few.

Talking of impressions, our tweets made more than 630,000 impressions over the last year and we received more than 1,000 new followers on Facebook!

Elly Barnes, our CEO became Elly Barnes MBE and then she became DR Elly Barnes MBE! This saw the charity being taken to Buckingham Palace as well as Aberdeen University where she was presented her doctorate and gave a keynote presentation. Elly also gave talks across the country and Europe speaking about LGBT+ education in Brussels, Kingston, the LGBT Leaders conference in Canary Wharf, Wadham College Oxford, Chelmsford, Birmingham and Guernsey.

So after an extremely eventful year, all that’s left to do is to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy year ahead!

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