Keith - winner of BME Network Hidden Gem Award Lifetime Award

Keith is a Saturday School volunteer and active community elder.

He started out as an athlete representing Manchester and the North West in athletics and boxing. He became and active community member as a youth worker at the Hideaway Project in Moss Side and other organisations in South Manchester in the 70's and early 80's.

In his 30's he had a stroke and contracted meningitis which left him with mobility issues. He became actively involved as an advocate and campaigner for Unison and Labour on disabled rights across the UK.

Keith worked for Manchester City Council as a Human Resource Officer for over 30 years representing many groups, including the Disabled Rights Commission and Unison. He acted as Chair of Ethic Disabled People Group campaigning on their behalf at a national conference. His desire, attitude and dedication to advocate, campaign and raise awareness of BME issues have had an impact at regional and national level.

He has been volunteering with the Saturday School for a number of years. The fact that Keith needs the use of a wheelchair has not affected his commitment and dedication to the educational needs of children particularly of African and Caribbean descent. He is actively involved in our Parent and Pupil Network, often accompanying parents to meetings with teachers and to appeal panels for students who are at risk of being excluded from school.

Keith was awarded the 2019 Manchester BME Network Hidden Gem Award Lifetime Award for services to the BME community and his work in the field of equality and disability rights.

We are very grateful for his contribution.

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