Wednesday July 13 2016

Humanitarian Recognised for Contributions to Community

A charitable community leader has been recognised at the House of Lords after dedicating 25 years of his life to supporting the youth of Bradford.

Humanitarian Recognised for Contributions to Community

Mohammed Amran, 40, has been awarded for his commitment to working with local communities and setting up support networks across the city. His hard work and dedication earned him one of the country’s highest accolades – a British Citizen Award (BCA).


Launched in January 2015, the BCA, in partnership with InMoment, recognises extraordinary achievements by everyday people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. Mohammed received his BCA Medal from Pat Egan of Places for People, one of the sponsors of the awards, at the Palace of Westminster on 7th July.  


Mohammed Amran said: ‘It’s such an honor being awarded a BCA for something that I’m so passionate about and has given me so much joy over the years. Helping people in my area and giving back has been a main priority for me because I understand how hard it is growing up in the inner city. I can’t wait to celebrate this award with the other medalists who have done so much for their communities as well.’


Pat Egan, Group Executive Director of Affordable Homes at Places for People, said: "The British Citizen Awards offers us a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the UK's unsung heroes who are making such a positive contribution. Mohammed's dedication and commitment to charity is inspirational and I was delighted to present him with this award- he's a truly deserving winner."


Mohammed has been involved in his community ever since he was a young boy. At the age of 22 he was appointed commissioner for The Commission for Racial Equality, making him the youngest person to ever hold the position. Growing up in inner city Bradford, Mohammed was exposed to high levels of unemployment, poverty and crime.


Mohammed’s colleague and BCA nominator, Ikram, said: “Mohammed comes from inner city Bradford which is a somewhat deprived area. He left school with no formal degree but went on to complete a business and technology education council degree (BTEC) and later obtained his BTEC national diploma. As a result of his experiences growing up, Mohammed felt passionate about supporting young members in the community and in 1998, he gained a professional qualification in Youth and Community work to support those living in circumstances similar to his own.”


During the Bradford disturbances in 1995 and 2001, where rioting turned into an ethnic-related disturbance, Mohammed was on the front line of the conflict resolution efforts and actively encouraged young people to have open and honest dialogue with the West Yorkshire Police Service.


He set up the Young People’s Forum in a bid to create allow young community members to meet up and discuss any issues in the area and create project ideas for fundraising. The initiative empowered youngsters who had lacked confidence in the authorities and were reluctant to come forward.


Among the many charities that Mohammed supports, he is also one of the founders of the Bradford Youth Development Partnership (BYDP) which serves to keep young people out of trouble and prepare them to become professionals. When Mohammed’s son was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2012, he went through a prolonged period of treatment during which time Mohammed continued to support and actively fundraise for the BYPD with the support and encouragement of his wife.


Mohammed continued: ‘When my son was very sick it was an extremely tough situation to get through. Whenever there’s a troublesome situation I try and take those difficulties and turn them into opportunities.’


Mohammed has fundraised for The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Relief, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, to name a few, single-handedly raising more than £500,000 in total.


The BCA is in partnership with customer experience management company, InMoment and proud to be supported by the world’s largest optical retailer and audiologists, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; palletised freight company, Pall-Ex; and creative communications group, Beattie. 


October 2016 will also see the introduction of the British Citizen Youth Award, recognising young people under the age of 16 who have positively impacted communities or particular groups and have contributed through their own endeavours to making a difference. Nominations can be made now until September 16th 2016.


To find out more about the BCA or British Citizen Youth Awards, and to nominate someone for the next awards in January 2017, please visit britishcitizenawards.co.uk

" When my son was very sick it was an extremely tough situation to get through. Whenever theres a troublesome situation I try and take those difficulties and turn them into opportunities."
Mohammed Amran

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