SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR AGE –


Moawia is being recognised for his unpaid services to the voluntary sector and his tireless public work over the last two decades. He holds many titles and positions; Director, Non-Executive Director, Board Member, Trustee, Governor, Mentor, Lecturer, Trainer and Ambassador. He is the youngest and one of very few ethnic minorities on over 14 various boards, charities and associations that he is currently active with. In any given week, he could either be monitoring a health facility for the (CHC) Community Health Council, monitoring a prison for the (IMB) Independent Monitoring Board, providing Through-The-Gate-Mentoring with (PACT) for ex-offenders from Welsh Prisons or inspecting conditions in courts for (PECS). Moawia is active with charities like the Order of St.John and Upper-Hand Charity, an organisation he founded to provide health and education in South Asia. He has raised approx. £145,000 for these charities.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR GENDER –


Born into a very strict family who did not believe in education for girls, Nusrat was removed from school aged fourteen and sent to Pakistan. She was not allowed to go to university after her A levels, instead was taken abroad to be married to a relative. Her forced marriage broke down due to extreme domestic violence. Nusrat then entered university as a mature student and single mum. Nusrat graduated with BA honours in English literature and won scholarships to complete legal qualifications. She was awarded an honorary LLB honours. Nusrat later founded Chadwell Heath Asian women’s Network to provide counselling, support and a safe space for other Asian women. She is now completing LLM honours.
Nusrat has pushed boundaries and against all odds followed her path to success, inspiring a new generation of women to break barriers.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR GENDER –


At 6 years old, Helen contracted a potentially fatal kidney disease which resulted in her being hospitalised for 6 years. During this time she was sexually abused. Throughout her teens Helen battled with anorexia, bulimia, anxiety and was a prolific self-harmer. Determined to use her own pain to help others, Helen utilised her drama degree to enable people with mental health issues, those who were isolated and disaffected and those with disabilities to express themselves. One group she worked with was a support group for young people with Autism, called CASPA. Over the last 15 years she has plunged herself into developing this amazing organisation into the successful, beautiful charity it is today. This remarkable individual has used the tragic events in her own life to propel herself forward and rise above to model resilience and determination and instill it in others.


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2017 WINNER: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR AGE –


Joshua Beckford is recognised internationally in over 90 countries for his extraordinary educational achievements. A 12-year-old child Prodigy who is diagnosed with Autism, Joshua has already achieved more than most neuro-typical people in the world. At 2 years old, he quickly mastered reading fluently using phonics and was speaking Japanese by the age of 3. At the age of 6 he became the youngest person in the world to study Philosophy and History at Oxford University, gaining a distinction in both subjects. Joshua enjoys fund-raising for three Autism Charities, one in the U.K and two in Africa, and campaigns to save the environment. Last year, he wrote and presented a Poem ‘Saving Mother Earth’ at the TED x International Conference in Vienna. Joshua also designs and delivers Power-Point presentations on Human Anatomy at Community fund-raising events to audiences ranging from 200 to 3,000 people.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR DISABILITY –


Susie has an aggressive form of MS, is a full-time wheelchair user, partially sighted, cannot write or type and struggles to speak. However, combining her passion for travel with her desire to support other wheelchair users, she has devoted huge amounts of her free time setting up wheelchair travel website www.wheelchairworld.org, single-handedly amassing a huge collection of personal wheelchair user reviews, blogs and official resources for 90+ countries. Susie has built relationships with other wheelchair using travellers around the world and raises awareness of her wheelchair travel website through social media, as well as writing numerous articles for newsletters, blogs and other websites. To date, there have been over 12,000 visitors to the website from 130+ countries, totalling more than 36,500 page views. To redevelop the website, Susie has run 2 fundraising campaigns and written various applications for funding.


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Caroline Odogwu

SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR AGE –


Caroline began her career as a broadcast journalist working with OHTV (Sky Digital), ITV, Granada and Sky News. She created a TV series called Young Achievers, a 20-part programme shining a spotlight on the achievements of young professionals across the UK, giving a voice to an often under-represented section of society. Channeling the knowledge and experience she gained working in the media, Caroline was driven to do more to give young people a voice. She began speaking out about issues such as youth unemployment, diversity and entrepreneurship, reaching key influencers at round table discussions at the House of Lords and House of Commons. In 2012 she founded She is You to help girls and women achieve their full potential. Caroline is also the marketing and outreach manager for Business Launchpad (BLP), a South London-based charity that connects young entrepreneurs.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR AGE –


Sabreena has been phenomenal and dynamic in the area of youth care, women development, community cohesion and interfaith work in the borough of Lambeth. She is the visionary founder of non-profit CIC Pathwaze Ltd, enriching and transforming the lives of many homeless and vulnerable young people. It has been an integral part of Sabreena’s vision to coach, support, inspire, empower and provide a safe haven for countless people to enable them to move away from a life of crime, gang culture, addiction and depression into training, employment, progression and leadership roles; this is evidenced in countless testimonies. Under the auspices of African Muslim Welfare Trust, Sabreena was an integral part of planning and delivering the HIV Toolkit for Muslims in the UK. Her selfless desire to assist those in need within her community is to be admired.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR DISABILITY –


Faye was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 7, it was largely controlled until she fell pregnant with her first baby in October 2014; pregnancy aggravated Faye’s epilepsy and she became really poorly. She found there was very little support for women with epilepsy in pregnancy and created a blog to offer support to women in the same situation, or to those who were thinking of having a family. The blog grew quickly and in the two years since its inception has been viewed over 100,000 times. Its honesty and warmth make it such a brilliant resource for the epilepsy community and has helped to raise awareness of the disorder. Faye also works with medical professionals and represents patients in important clinical forums to improve the care women with epilepsy receive. At a worrying and difficult time, Faye selflessly only thought of others and used her experiences in a very powerful way.


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Positive Role Model (LGBT)

Olly Pike

  • 2 years ago
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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR LGBT –


Olly Pike is the creator of ‘Pop’n’Olly’ an LGBT+ educational resource for children, parents and teachers. His books and videos are being used in schools to teach about equality and diversity and aim to combat homophobia and discrimination. Olly regularly produces fun, informative videos and cartoons that are free to watch on the YouTube channel ‘Pop’n’Olly’ or at www.popnolly.com. Olly has also enjoyed success as a performer and has worked in both children’s theatre and television. Noted as one to watch on the Independent on Sunday’s “Rainbow List”, Olly has since spoken at London City Hall and Parliament, regarding Children’s Rights and Mental Health in relation to LGBT+ Education. He has had a transformative impact on young lives through his videos and books, removing stigma and building open minds during Primary and Junior education.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR AGE –


Alix is a full time PE teacher and an outstanding role model for students at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College. Her energy and desire to make all students feel included inspires her colleagues to do more to raise the self-esteem of young people. She has contributed to a number of college projects across the whole campus and has taken the lead within the PE department to ensure that equality and diversity has been embedded not only in their curriculum, but has become a visible value throughout their teaching, tutoring and team sports. As part of LGBT month, Alix created a powerful display, so that LGBTQ students could see themselves represented in a variety of sports. Her students delivered an Inclusive triathlon for local pupils with both learning and physical differences, and she is now organising a Festival of culture to be held at the college in September.


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