SYDRC Scoops Young Muslim Beacon Award
SYDRC was awarded the prestigious regional award at Young Muslim Beacon Awards 2011 at evening ceremony the Place of Westminster (House of Lords). The award celebrated the achievements of SYDRC in responding to the needs of Young Somali Muslim British in London. SYDRC was selected as one of only three projects awarded for their outstanding work with young Muslim in Britain.
The young Muslim Beacon Awards, a project of the Youth Affairs Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain, is designed to recognise the very best of projects and organisations working in our communities to help improve the lives of young Muslims locally, regionally and nationally. The awards ceremony jointly hosted by the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain Mr Farooq Murad and Lord Sheikh of Cornhill with Chief Guest, The Speaker of the House of Commons The Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP who presented the awards. The attendees included parliamentarians, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, young Muslims, civic, community and religious leaders from across the country.
The three judges decided the winners after an open nomination process, Farooq Murad (Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain), Neil Jameson (Executive Director of London Citizens) and James Cathcart (CEO of the British Youth Council.)
The SYDRC received the award for their efforts working with Somali youth in Camden and good practise they share with other boroughs in greater London. SYDRC is the only youth lead organisation in London where the majority of Board of Directors elected were young people between the ages of 18-30 years of age. The new face of SYDRC has made a huge difference to the lives of young Somalis and encouraged more young people role models to volunteer
SYDRC Director Ibrahim Isse commented: “This is an outstanding award which is not only recognition of our work within the community, but also evidence to the efforts of Somali and Muslim communities across the UK. This is great example which showed how the SYDRC has been doing the “Big Society issue “ for the last 11 years and encouraging the young generation to be visible and be part of the political and decision making process. He added “it does matter which political party you join but is a matter you join one or stand independently if you wish, the opportunity is your hands