National Recognition For Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
Local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) has been awarded the Sheikh Abdullah Award for Intercultural Dialogue work at the #NO2H8Crime Awards which celebrate the ‘upstanders’ in society who tackle hatred, intolerance and prejudice.
Through activities such as conservation, crafts, farm visits, walks and hosting weekends, YDMT is helping to build bridges and break down barriers in the Yorkshire Dales. More than 9,000 disadvantaged people have benefitted so far, enjoying the chance to learn new skills, and to feel happier and healthier by connecting with nature.
Judy Rogers, Outreach Worker at YDMT, attended the recent awards ceremony in London. She said: “So much of our media highlights the bad things about society but these awards recognise that there is a tremendous amount of fantastic work going on in communities to tackle hate crime and bring communities together. My work is about bringing strangers from different communities together. The groups often find that they have much in common and leave as friends. The calibre of nominees was extraordinarily high, so it was humbling to be recognised on a national level for our work with refugees and asylum seekers here in the north west.”
YDMT believes that everyone should have access to the special Yorkshire Dales landscape, and works with organisations across the region to offer disadvantaged groups the chance to experience something new and positive in the Dales. One such group is the Darwen Asylum & Refugee Enterprise (DARE) who have been a regular partner.
Having visited the Dales with DARE and YDMT, Urmila, originally from Bangladesh, said: “The trip was amazing! We have enjoyed a lot, especially the place is full of peace. Also we have met new people, we shared food, we have chatted and shared our thought and feelings, we laughed, sang and we have learned about places and making things. I must say it is a blessing being with nature and lovely people. We are very fortunate.”
The charity also works with young carers, homeless people, the elderly, and people living with disabilities, mental illness and social isolation. These groups are among the 10% most economically deprived communities in the country, and often lack the ability and confidence to visit the countryside.
Claire, a service user from North Yorkshire Horizons, the drug and alcohol recovery service, visited a farm in the Yorkshire Dales with YDMT. She said: “It’s good to be around some very happy smiling faces. Loved every minute. Thank you very much.”
National Recognition For Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, 7th October 2018, 9:32 AM