The director of a community organisation has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his voluntary contribution to the community.
Amjid Hussain, director of Bradford Moor Play and Support Service (PASS), has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for voluntary services to the community.
BEMs are awarded for ‘hands-on’ service to the local community, through charitable or voluntary activity or innovative work of a relatively short duration that has made a significant difference.
A volunteer from the community group, who does not want to be named, also received a BEM for his contributions to the group.
Founded in 2007 and officially registered in 2011, Mr Hussain was one of the driving forces to get the group up and running and continues to work for the organisation fifteen years later.
The hyper-local collective, which is found in Attock Park in Bradford Moor, was formed by My Hussain and other local professionals who all grew up and live in BD3 to make the area a better, stronger, and safer place, mobilising the community to create social and economic change.
The group works in partnership with the local communities and statutory agencies to ensure all resources in the area are utilised to empower the community.
Mr Hussain will be given the BEM by Ed Anderson, Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire in the summer and will be invited to attend a Royal Garden Party next year.
Of the 1134 people who received an award, 304 people have received a BEM, 452 people have received an MBE and 246 people have received an OBE.
The majority of recipients (59.3%) have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. Out of the people named in the hours, 6.8% are from the Asian community.
Mr Hussain, who works full time as a project lead at UnLtd, a company that funds social entrepreneurs, fits his work at Bradford Moor PASS around his career and family life. He said: “I was really surprised to receive this honour; I feel incredibly grateful and privileged to be honoured in this way, I had no inkling that I was nominated for this honour until a few weeks ago.
“I was involved with setting up the initial idea of Bradford Moor PASS. A group of us came together to create a social enterprise that would provide better prospects and opportunities to residents, especially young people, and create a platform for people from the area for people who have skills – either professional or vocational – to give back to the area.
“We were informally set up in 2007 and registered as an official group in 2011. I am still the director and heavily involved in the work and projects that PASS does. I’ve lived in Bradford Moor all my life and it was important to demonstrate the enormous talent that the area has to offer. At the time when we set the organisation up, there were fewer platforms and opportunities for people which is why we set the group up.”
The group is responsible for the community garden at Bradford Moor Park and was recently involved in setting up the Bradford Moor Bike Club, which now runs as a separate group.
The organisation focuses on youth development and social enterprise support. During Ramadan, the group received reports of anti-social behaviour during Tarawih prayers, and they quickly reached out to the youth to provide support and help resolve the problem.
Mr Hussain added: “PASS works on the basis of need. A lot of projects come from other partners approaching us with challenges and we help them to find solutions. During Ramadan, we had some antisocial behaviour in the area and some of our volunteers, who are extremely experienced youth workers, calmed the situation down and engaged with the young people to provide continued support which is ongoing and looking to continue working with them going forward.
“Bradford Moor PASS wouldn’t be able to exist without working with partners including the local authority, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Bradford Youth Service and other organisations.”