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Rochdale Diversity Awards 2014

 

 


 2014 Rochdale Diversity Award Winners were Announced at an Inspiring Evening at Rochdale Town Hall

 

The winners of the Rochdale Diversity Awards were announced at an inspiring evening at Rochdale Town Hall on Thursday 19th June 2014. The Grand Hall was filled 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, organisations and employers in supporting and promoting equality, diversity and cohesion within the borough. The awards also aimed to motivate service providers by ensuring equality and diversity issues were central to the remodelling and transformation of local services and organisations affected by austerity measures. The Grand Hall - Rochdale Town Hall

 The event was officially opened by the Mayor of Rochdale, Cllr Carol Wardle, who welcomed the guests. The Mayor said “Everyone was in such good humour and so positive about the achievements of all the members of our exciting and diverse community that it was an absolute pleasure and delight to be there. The Diversity Awards once again challenged the negatives and promoted all the positives of the communities of Rochdale all working together in peace and harmony with a common aim of improving the borough and the lives of all sections of our community, hand in hand regardless of our differences in faith, religion or colour. We are one borough, with one aim which is to work together in harmony and co-operation for the good of all.”

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, Cllr Daalat Al(Portfolio holder for community, Culture and Tourism), Tony Lloyd (The Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester), Chief Superintendent Chris Sykes, Linda Fisher (Acting Chief Executive of RMBC) and Nazir Afzal OBE (Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West) were speakers on the night.

Superintendent Chris Sykes said “I was really pleased and proud to be at the 2014 Rochdale Diversity Awards. It was a brilliant evening celebrating the great work that goes on everyday here in Rochdale. I have only been working here in Rochdale for the last few months but I have been so impressed with the hard work that goes on every day, making Rochdale a safer and stronger place. Greater Manchester Police is very proud to be associated with the Rochdale Diversity Awards.”

Nazir Afzal OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, commented “It is always a delight to celebrate success and recognise the unsung heroes that make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable. Rochdale should be proud that it has so many”

Linda Fisher, Acting Chief Executive – Rochdale MBC, said ““The Council is proud to sponsor the Rochdale Diversity Awards. The awards remind us all about the truly fantastic and impressive work carried out on a daily basis by businesses and the voluntary and public sector across all our communities. This work really makes a difference to people’s lives and Rochdale is clearly leading the way, well done to everyone involved “

Zulf Ahmed, KYP’s Chief Executive, said “I would like to congratulate all the nominees and award winners. Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common and we should celebrate it every day. We need to understand, tolerate and share our differences. And remember, lots of individual flowers make a beautiful bouquet - let’s make Rochdale a model for diversity and inclusion“. He also thanked all the sponsors without whose support it would not have been possible to promote and recognise the work of the winners.

The evening was co-hosted by Sameera Rafiq and Awais Butt.

 


The Awards, Winners and Sponsors in the various categories were:

 

 

Cohesion Award

Sponsored by:
Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership

Winner:

Safina Arif

 


 

Workforce Diversity Award

Sponsored by:
Language Empire

Winner:

Great Places Housing Group

 


 

 

Diversity in Apprenticeships Award

Sponsored by:
Rochdale Training

Winner:

RMBC Apprenticeship Programme

 


 

 

Diversity in Education Award

Sponsored by:
Great Places Housing Group

Winner:

Wajid Mahmood

 


 

 

Diversity in Health Award

Sponsored by:
The Regenda Group

Winner:

The Gay and Lesbian Foundation

 


 

 

 Diversity in Housing Award

Sponsored by:
Rochdale Borouwide Housing

Joint Winners:

Great Places Housing Group
&
Energywise North CIC

 


 

 

 Diversity in Leisure Award

Sponsored by:
Rochdale Community Transport

Winner:

Rochdale Youth Service

 


 

 

Diversity in Retail Award

Sponsored by:
Greater Manchester Police

Winner:

CommuniTea Room

 


 

 

Breaking Barriers Award

Sponsored by:
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester

Winner:

RBH Lower Falinge Junior Wardens

 


 

 

Voluntary and Faith Sector Award

Sponsored by:
Rochdale Borough Council

Winner:

Rochdale Council of Mosques

 


 

Special Award

Sponsored by:
Link4Life

Awarded to:

The Cohesion Hub

 


 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by:
KYP

Awarded to:

Chief Inspector Nadeem Mir