Community Integration Awards 2021 shine a light on community responses to the Covid-19 pandemic

On Thursday 28th January the MigrationWork Trust will host a virtual awards ceremony to showcase the incredible work of diverse communities that have come together to support each other during the pandemic. Up and down the country, these projects have been bringing hope to their communities, continuing to meet the extraordinary need in their localities and also forging new connections. Kim Leadbeater MBE, who will deliver a keynote speech at the ceremony said:

“It is a real honour for me to be part of the wonderful Community Integration Awards 2021. In this most challenging of years we have seen more than ever the importance of togetherness and community spirit which is at the heart of this special event. My sister Jo famously said that we have “more in common than that which divides us’ and this ceremony shows just that. It is inspirational and heart-warming to see the innovative ways in which migrant, refugee and more ‘settled’ communities have come together to support each other during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each and every nominee should be extremely proud of their achievements – they represent the best of humanity and I am in awe of their incredible work”.

The ceremony line-up will also include a Q&A with Steve Chandra Savale from the Asian Dub Foundation, as well as music from the shortlisted projects.

The scheme received nominations from all over the UK for the three award categories. The winner, selected by panels of expert judges, will be awarded £1,000 each, a short film about their work and a tailored package of support to suit their needs. Winners and commended projects will be announced at the virtual ceremony.

Dr Rachel Marangozov, Chair of the MigrationWork Trust, said: “We were thrilled to receive so many nominations for the Community Integration Awards 2021 from all over the country. Judges felt privileged to see all the amazing community responses to Covid-19 from across the UK that have brought people together to support those in need, often with little or no resource. It is this kind of inspirational work that we want to celebrate at the Awards ceremony.”

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