Inspirational award is a great sign for Keisha

July 03 2018
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On 19th May United Communities, the community based social housing provider based at the Eastgate Centre, attended the Bristol Diversity awards.

They were pleased to be part of this event which aims to encourage businesses, individuals, community organisations and statutory groups to embrace all areas of diversity and equality.

They were delighted to win the Organisation Award for Race/Ethnicity and accepted this award with one of their residents, Karen from Horfield. United Communities have a long history of supporting BAME residents to secure good quality housing across Bristol. They have worked really hard for over 30 years and have build a portfolio of 1800 homes across the area. They house over 45% BAME households - many of which came from significantly poor housing and now have an excellent platform for their future.

The best part of the evening was when one of their residents daughter – Keisha (Karen’s daughter) won the Young People Inspirational Award as she has inspired her peers through her proactive use of sign language in schools and in supporting her mum and family. Keisha lives with her mum and brother in a United Communities home and is an absolute credit to her family. She supports her mum with her deafness and signs for her all the time. From this Keisha is at Orchard school championing the rights of disabled and the need for more people to sign. She  volunteers with other deaf people and acts as a means of communication by signing and translating.