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 Rochdale Diversity Awards 2012



 Celebrating Rochdale Diversity Awards 2012


Joyce Osadolor receives the Outstanding Achiever Award from the Mayor of Rochdale  Hassan Javed, Young Achiever award  Rabeah Wahid receives the Ethnic Minority Female Achiever award from Ali Asghar  Salma Chaudri receives the Female Ethnic Minority Achiever award from Ali Asghar
 Mohammed Sheraz receives the Volunteering award from Shoab Akhtar  Zulf Ali receives the Mentor of the Year award from Andy Zuntz  Rochdale Training Association receives the Apprenticeships award from John Spindler  St. Vincent's Housing Association receives the Housing award from Cllr Sultan Ali
 Rochdale MIND receives the Health award from Daalat Ali  Great Place Housing Group receives the Workforce Diversity award from Zulf Ali  RMBC Youth Service receives the Cohesion award from Jim Taylor  Syke Community Base receives the Cohesion award from Jim Taylor
Dr Abdul Shakoor receives the Cohesion award from Jim Taylor The New Shamwari Project receives the Cohesion award from Jim Taylor
All the Rochdale Diversity Awards winners Ibrar and Sohail - the comperes of the Rochdale Diversity Awards ceremony


The winners of the inaugural Rochdale Diversity Awards were announced at an inspiring evening at KYP's Unity House Centre on Friday 18th May 2012. The venue was packed with a cross section of the community, senior public sector officials and distinguished guests.

The Rochdale Diversity Awards ceremony promoted the excellent work being done by individuals and employers in supporting and promoting equality, diversity and cohesion within the borough. The awards are also aimed to motivate service providers by ensuring equality and diversity issues are central to the remodelling and transformation of local services and organisations affected by austerity measures.

In one of his first acts as Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor James Gartside opened the awards ceremony and congratulated all the finalists and KYP in taking the initiative to launch these awards. He was followed by Council Leader Councillor Colin Lambert who said:

“Rochdale has an excellent record and reputation for promoting equality and cohesion, these awards recognise this and everyone here tonight is a winner.”

“Rochdale is a borough with a proud heritage and we Rochdalians are a family, one team, one borough, and one community, together we are a community.”

Zulf Ali Chair of KYP outlined the importance of Diversity in the workplace in the current economic climate and stressed that utilising the skills and experiences of those of different backgrounds helped make a difference.

“Diversity does not just mean different colour or gender, diversity can be used in the types of business models that can be adopted to deliver services to the local community through the use of local procurement, social enterprise, micro businesses and positive engagement with the voluntary sector.”

“Such approaches will enhance local capacity, skills development, and bring much needed money into the local economy.”

Councillor Sultan Ali, recently appointed to Rochdale’s Cabinet as portfolio lead for Strengthening Communities said:

“Strengthening communities has never been more important than it is here and now as we have a multitude of global, national and local challenges that are heavily impacting on the social and economic prosperity of our communities.”

“The current austerity measures mean that public service providers are under-going a major transformation and there is a major risk that adverse equality and cohesion impacts could push our communities into isolation and extreme perspectives.”

“The Rochdale Diversity Awards are an excellent way to highlight good practice and celebrate the excellent work that is taking place within our town and I hope that we can all learn from the unique nature of service delivery that the finalists have been providing.”

Mohammed Habeebullah who recently received an OBE and one of the KYP founding members, was keen to stress that:

”We need senior level officers who are able to connect and provide leadership to the local BAME community or to be local role models. We need to challenge and influence mainstream strategies and policies from within as the lack of involvement of senior BAME officers at a strategic level may lead to the same problems experienced by neighbouring authorities in 2001.”

“Rochdale has many strong community organisations, a proven track record of cohesion, a clear political leadership within the council and a proactive Police Force, we have all the ingredients, we just simply need to ensure that we have the right services.”

Jim Taylor, recently appointed as Chief Executive at Rochdale Council, made a short but heart warming speech in which he said;

“Rochdale is a wonderful place and I’m really pleased to be here tonight, the whole spirit of Rochdale is reflected in this room.”

“We live in a very diverse community and I am delighted to be a part of this.”


The award winners were:

Cohesion Award: There were 4 winners of this award:-


  • Dr Abdul Shakoor
  • New Shamwari Project and The Friends of Shamwari
  • Rochdale MBC Youth Service
  • Syke Community Base

Workforce Diversity Award: Great Places Housing Group

Housing Award: Khubsurat House, St. Vincent’s Housing Association

Health Award: Rochdale and District MIND

Apprenticeship Award: Rochdale Training Association

Outstanding Achiever Award: Joyce Osadolor (Hopwood Hall College Student)

Young Community Achiever Award: Hassan Javed Akhtar

Mentor Award: Zulfiqar Ali, (Chairperson- KYP)

Volunteering Award: Mohammed Sheraz (RMBC Youth Worker)

Female Minority Ethnic Achiever Award:
Salma Chaudri, (Scheme Manager), Khubsurat House and Rabeah Wahid, (Physical Activity Instructor)

The awards were sponsored by Rochdale MBC, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Hopwood Hall College, Great Places House Group, A&B Carpets and Arif Cash & Carry.