Community Organisation Award 2014

Open Door (North East) has been recognised for its work in empowering those from BME (Black Minority Ethnic) communities with an award at the recent Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards 2014.

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We were nominated for Community Organisation of the Year 2014 and to our delight were the winners on the night. It was a double success as Heath Tshuma, our longstanding finance volunteer, was presented with the Community Individual of the Year 2014 award for his work in the community.

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 The BME Awards have been running since 2009 and were established in order to acknowledge the wealth of achievement and contribution BME individuals and organisations are making in the Tees Valley region. They provide a unique opportunity to raise the awareness of BME communities in the Tees Valley and draw attention to their outstanding achievements and successes in addition to creating a platform to inspire and promote community cohesion.

 This year’s awards were held at the Thistle Hotel in Middlesbrough and were sponsored by Tees Valley Unlimited, Middlesbrough College, Fabrick Housing, Teesside University and Vela Homes.

Open Door (North East) were nominated for the award by North Star, a housing group who we have been developing strong links with and who have been supporting our Sew 2 Work course, which helps women use creative skills for enterprise.

 Paul Catterall, CEO of Open Door (North East) was very grateful to North Star for the nomination

“Open Door (North East) really values the support from North Star Housing and that they took the time to nominate us for this award. We believe we are providing a vital service and others clearly think so too”

 The award was presented by Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer from Cleveland Police and was collected on behalf of Open Door by staff members Soroush Sadeghzadeh and Lucy Joy Jackson.

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Andrew Jackson, chair of trustees, was very proud that the organisation has been recognised for its work

“ We have been working among refugees and asylum seekers for a number of years, supporting those who have been left destitute or have been neglected by society and have nowhere else to turn. It is an immense privilege to be able to be part of an organisation that provides this type of support for such vulnerable people and it is a great honour to be given this award, as it shows that others notice the work we do and the lives we are impacting” 



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