Rochdale Diversity Awards 2014

The Rochdale Diversity Awards took center stage during an inspiring evening at the grand Rochdale Town Hall on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The event was a resounding success, drawing a diverse audience that included members from every corner of the community, esteemed senior public sector officials, and distinguished guests.

The awards ceremony served as a beacon, spotlighting the exceptional efforts put forth by individuals, organizations, and employers committed to championing equality, diversity, and cohesion within the borough. Furthermore, it aimed to inspire service providers to make equality and diversity integral components of their efforts, particularly in the face of the transformations and challenges brought about by austerity measures.

The evening commenced with a warm welcome from the Mayor of Rochdale, Cllr Carol Wardle, who set a positive tone for the event. Her words resonated with the audience, emphasizing the unity and positivity that prevailed throughout the diverse community. She underscored that the Diversity Awards celebrated the community’s collaborative spirit, where differences in faith, religion, or color were celebrated as strengths. “We are one borough, with one aim, which is to work together in harmony and cooperation for the good of all,” she eloquently stated.

Notable speakers at the event included 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).

Superintendent Chris Sykes expressed his pride in being part of the 2014 Rochdale Diversity Awards, celebrating the remarkable work that takes place daily in Rochdale to create a safer and more vibrant community.

Nazir Afzal OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, celebrated the unsung heroes making a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable in Rochdale.

Linda Fisher, Acting Chief Executive of Rochdale MBC, highlighted the profound difference made by businesses and the voluntary and public sector across all communities, affirming Rochdale’s leadership in this regard.

Zulf Ahmed, KYP’s Chief Executive, congratulated the nominees and award winners, stressing the importance of celebrating diversity daily and making Rochdale a model of inclusivity. He also expressed gratitude to the sponsors whose support made the event possible.

The evening was co-hosted by Sameera Rafiq and Awais Butt, adding their vibrant touch to an already memorable event.

Rochdale Diversity Award 2014 Winners:

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 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
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