Rotherham library officer hailed as inspiration to hard-to-reach women

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A LIBRARIAN has scooped an award for her work with women in South Yorkshire.

Rotherham Council employee Alnaar Clayton has been named this year’s winner of the Athena Award, for inspiring a love of reading in women from potentially isolated communities.

Alnaar, who lives in Dalton, has been working for more than 10 years to provide a relevant library service to women who often have very limited use of English. She also directs them to other agencies and experiences designed to increase their self-confidence and engagement.

A spokeswoman for Rotherham Council said: “Alnaar - who speaks six languages - also supports the police as an advisor on issues affecting women from black and minority ethnic communities and through this has been able to establish domestic violence awareness sessions for her groups.”

Runners-up for this year’s Athena Award were Rotherham town centre businesswoman Kara Chapman, of Swinton, and Rawmarsh woman Amanda Benton, executive headteacher of Ferham and Thornhill primary schools.

Student Zoe Jenkins, aged 17, of Broom, was deemed worthy of special mention for her contribution to a local anti-drugs campaign amongst other achievements, including community fundraising and volunteering.

Alnaar was presented with her award by MP Sarah Champion.