BME Forum Members Top Croydon Community Civic Awards

Croydon BME Forum Board Members at the Awards
Croydon BME Forum Board Members at the Awards

Croydon BME Forum was delighted to take part in the 2014 Croydon Community Civic Awards which took place on 25th September 2014 at Hilton Hotel Croydon and Nero Ughwujabo, CEO Croydon BME Forum was the co-compere for the event.

Croydon BME Forum congratulates its members who were winners on the night.

Sahara Quli receiving her Award
Sahara Quli receiving her Award

SAHARA Quli  won the Civic Life Award which recognises outstanding contributions to the community.  Sahara was recognised for initiating a successful project to give ethnic minority women a step up into employment by providing them with the necessary skills required to enter the workplace. The project, ‘Mum’s the Chef’, has harnessed the abilities that these women already have and developed them into a professional skills set which includes food preparation and hygiene, communication and team-work as well as improved English language skills.

In April 2013, over 40 long-term unemployed women graduated with their NVQ 1 in food preparation and cooking and have gone on to run a successful catering service, winning contracts to supply restaurants.

In November 2013, the programme was runner up in the Asian Curry Awards and in March 2014 the programme was nominated by Price Water House Cooper, London as their annual ‘One Firm One Day’ beneficiary.

Her proposer said that ‘This project would not have had the success and popularity as it has had, without the tremendous voluntary efforts of Sahara Quli’.

Annie McDonald receiving her Award
Annie McDonald receiving her Award

ANNIE McDonald won the Personal Achievement Award which recognises a volunteer who make a huge contribution to the community whilst facing great difficulties in their own lives.  Annie has been volunteering at the sickle cell centre since it opened about 15 years ago. It is like a full-time career for her. When she is not officially at the sickle cell centre in her voluntary role as secretary for two days a week she is visiting patients in hospital to give social and emotional support, raising sickle cell awareness, helping the nurses to improve patient experiences and organising activities for the group.

As someone living with sickle cell herself, Annie has made significant contributions by her willingness to talk about her condition and sharing her experiences. This has helped to build confidence, hope and motivation for parents and young people with this life limiting condition.

Annie puts great effort into organising events which aim to ease the burden on people with sickle cell improving coping skills, reducing stress and depression, and decreasing reliance on statutory services.

Her proposer said, “She is indeed a champion in the truest sense of the word”.


Performance on the night was provided by two BME Forum members, Apsara Arts and Croydon Combined Community Gospel Choir.

Congratulations to all the nominees.

Mayor of Croydon and others
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