We are excited to announce that South Kilburn resident and founder of the Somali Community Group, Asha Shirwa, has been nominated for the ‘Community Champion’ Award at this year’s Pride of Brent Awards which will take place on Thursday 23rd November at the Brent Civic Centre.Asha has worked with women in the Somalian community to address the barriers they face into employment and has tackled these issues head-on by equipping her community with a range of skills and training necessary for access to employment in health, social care and childcare. Since the inception of her organisation, word has spread across the community prompting the organisation to support other cultural groups in South Kilburn.
Asha said, “It is a really good thing to be nominated and I’m really happy, it’s so good for South Kilburn. The Somali Community Group has helped a lot of people into training and employment and we now work with people from different backgrounds, which is good. The focus originally was on the Somalian community but we’ve seen that there’s a wider need across the community which we have been happy to address. Winning this award will definitely mean a lot, not only to me but the whole community.”
Asha has also run Somali Children’s groups in South Kilburn and has put on a number of successful Somali cultural events, as part of the South Kilburn Festival, in a bid to educate the wider community on various aspects of Somalian culture.
The Pride of Brent Awards celebrate those selfless individuals, community groups and local businesses who contribute so much to the borough and who have gone the extra mile to make Brent a better place to live and work in 2017.
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Good luck Asha!
Image: Asha Shirwa (third person from right-hand side) with members of the community at a Somali Cultural event.