Partnership is top for the community

John Hooper, Executive Director for Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, left, and Yorkshire Bank chairman Richard Gregory, right, present the Bank's Community Spirit Award to Doncaster Ethnic Minority Regeneration Partnership training manager Saroj Verma and chief executive Peter Singh.
John Hooper, Executive Director for Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, left, and Yorkshire Bank chairman Richard Gregory, right, present the Bank's Community Spirit Award to Doncaster Ethnic Minority Regeneration Partnership training manager Saroj Verma and chief executive Peter Singh.
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A regeneration partnership that helps disadvantaged people from ethnic minority communities in Doncaster has won a Yorkshire Bank award for community spirit.

Doncaster Ethnic Minority Regeneration Partnership is currently helping around 1,600 people who are disadvantaged to learn new skills.

The partnership provides training, employability skills and support services to people who are unemployed, low income families, lone parents and others who are disadvantaged, marginalised or live in hard to reach communities.

The award will bring additional funding to the partnership, which is based at based at Carr House Road in the Hyde Park district of Doncaster

Chief executive Peter Singh said: “We are over the moon to have been awarded in Yorkshire Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards.

“This funding will help us to continue our training services with users and reach out to others who need our help at this time of austerity measures.

“Our services include training in English for speakers of other languages, individual advice and guidance around employment, ICT, CV writing, online services, job search and job club type of activities.

“The new funding will help the charity to engage with more users and tackle issues such as low skills, confidence building and a multitude of barriers which prevent individuals from securing employment, helping them in improving the quality of life for themselves and their families while contributing to the local economy.”

News of Doncaster Ethnic Minority Regeneration Partnership’s success comes at the same time as Sheffield businesswoman Sipra Deb was named one of the finalists for the Creative Mind of 2013 Award at the English Asian Business Awards.

Sipra, who trained as a molecular biologist and worked for five years as a teacher at High Storrs School, set up The Play Arena in Little London Road, Heeley, 18 months ago, since when it has become one of the city’s largest and most innovative indoor play centres.