10 years of support from a literal star

Many women in Tameside know and adore our Learning, Training and Employability Coordinator, Hasina, who has just celebrated an amazing 10 years at Diversity Matters. And now, her contribution to the community has won her star status – literally!

Earlier this year, Hasina was nominated for and won a Small Charities Coalition Star of the Year award for her work with volunteers and upskilling BAMER women in Tameside at Diversity Matters. With the award came the honour of having a star named after her – something which everyone involved with Diversity Matters knows is a worthy honour for Hasina.

The makeup of a star

Hasina Khanom

Former volunteer under Hasina’s guidance, and now colleague, Liza, explains what makes Hasina so special: “Hasina has always encouraged me to develop myself and challenged me to grow and achieve my goals. She always has my best interests at heart. As a volunteer, I felt that she was a great source of support, very helpful, understanding and listening to my needs. And now, as a colleague, she is someone I can trust and often go to for honest and helpful advice. I could easily write 10 pages on how Hasina has supported me during my time at Diversity Matters and these few words do not do her support justice!”

Diversity Matters Chief Officer, Rehana, chimes in: “I have never known a more dedicated and passionate individual who has literally hit the ground running since she joined the team a decade ago. Her smile and positive outlook always brighten up any room! I have watched Hasina grow over the years into a confident individual, breaking her own barriers down and continuously growing and achieving.  She has a natural ability to help those around her, providing opportunities where there isn’t any and challenging partners and services to help cater and support the diverse needs of the people she works with.”

Shoot for the sky

The results Hasina achieves speak for themselves. On the most recent 3-year project which Hasina ran, over 160 local ladies were upskilled in such areas as Health and Safety, First Aid, delivering Health Walks and Food Safety. In addition, more than 300 volunteer roles were allocated and a total of 42 activities with 1500 attendees took place during the lifespan of the project!

Hasina has also pioneered our always highly anticipated annual volunteer celebration event and brought back youth work to Diversity Matters, as well as starting up the first ever women’s sports club for BAMER ladies in Tameside – led by local volunteers of course.

A common theme in all of Hasina’s work is that of enabling others. She believes in building others up, so they can take the lead in their lives and fulfil their potential. Just as we have seen her do for herself.

Caroline Gregory, Diversity Matters’ Chair of Trustees illustrates this point: “Hasina has worked extremely hard and become a great asset to DMNW.  She is a popular and well-respected colleague and friend.  She takes on new challenges with ease and makes a success of them, 10 years of dedication is highly appreciated!”

Diversity Matters volunteer, Rumena, offers a last congrats, on everyone’s behalf: “Congratulations on 10 years Hasina! You are a very honest, dedicated  and hardworking person. I have always enjoyed the time I have spent with you, and I appreciate all the help you have given me. You are not only an inspiration to me, but I believe you are an inspiration to all the Bengali women in our community. Thank you for everything, we are proud of you!”