Diversity and inclusion in Eastleigh celebrated

Nominations open for annual awards

Page last updated at 11 October 2016 at 09:36

Diversity and inclusion are being celebrated across the Borough of Eastleigh in an annual award ceremony.

Local people have the chance to nominate an individual, group, team or organisation as part of the third Eastleigh Diversity & Inclusion Award.

The Farooqi Award will be made to nominees who have made a positive contribution to diversity and inclusion in the Borough of Eastleigh – for example in staff welfare, improvements to the physical environment, developing services, or promoting understanding and community cohesion.

This award is organised by the Eastleigh-based Asian Welfare and Cultural Association (AWCA) and is supported by a range of public, private, voluntary and community organisations, including Eastleigh Borough Council and local charity, One Community.

Councillor Steve Sollitt, Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Member leading on Youth and Social Policy, said: “This award gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the many unsung heroes around Eastleigh Borough whose work makes such an important contribution to inclusion and cohesion in our community.”

The Farooqi Award is sponsored by Mohammed Mossadaq, a trustee of the AWCA, and named in honour of his parents, who passed away recently. It will be awarded to an individual, team or organisation who can demonstrate that they have made a positive contribution to diversity and inclusion in the borough of Eastleigh.

Mohammed explained: “There are a large number of committed people doing great work around Eastleigh Borough to celebrate diversity and build community cohesion. The award was inspired by the huge passion my parents had for creating an inclusive society and recognising these unsung efforts.”

Chief Executive at One Community, Jean Roberts-Jones, has commended the AWCA for launching the award.  She said:  “The fact that this is being initiated by a community organisation demonstrates that in Eastleigh we have a very people-focused voluntary and community sector.”

Nominations must be submitted by 30 November 2016. They will be judged by a panel comprising Nick Tustian, Chief Executive of Eastleigh Borough Council; Jean Roberts-Jones, Chief Executive of One Community; Daniel Kitchen, Manager of Eastleigh’s Swan Centre and Mohammed Mossadaq.

To make a nomination, forms can be downloaded from: or contact Mohammed Mossadaq on 07870 163464.