Bradford’s Muslim women are awarded at a prestigious ceremony in London for their work with the Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship
Good friends and even better travelling buddies, Nassara Bostan, Business Advisor and Samina Tariq, Barnardos Youth Worker from Bradford were presented with their Churchill medallions at a prestigious biennial award ceremony in Westminster, London on Wednesday, 28 May, after successfully completing their Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships. Nassara and Samina were presented with a Churchill medallion by Guest of Honour, Dame Mary Peters DBE, Olympic gold medal winning pentathlete and a 1972 Churchill Fellow herself, Dame Mary presented 113 Fellows with their medallions at a ceremony in Church House, in Central London. Church House has significant Churchillian associations as during the Blitz, Winston Churchill requisitioned Church House as a makeshift Houses of Parliament after the originals had been damaged by bombing. It was also from Church House that he made his famous speech announcing the sinking of the Bismarck on 24 May 1941. As part of Nassara’s Fellowship, Nassara travelled to Malaysia and Indonesia in 2011 for 12 weeks to investigate the role of women’s leadership in the Muslim world, with a view to raising awareness of issues that affect young British Muslim women in their professional lives and to research and explore best practice examples from South east Asia and to use these to educate and inspire the next generation of young British Muslim women to thrive and confidently realise their personal and professional dreams and aspirations. As part of Saminas Fellowship, Samina travelled across the USA and Canada in 2012 to research and explore examples of non-medical interventions used to empower people with facial differences. Using her fellowship’s experiences, Samina now arranges storytelling workshops to support young people to share their experience of facial differences. She is also a volunteer with the Katie Piper Foundation. Speaking about the the Fellowship, Nassara said “The Travelling Fellowship, Nassara said “The Travelling Fellowships provide amazing opportunities for British citizens to go abroad on a worthwhile topic of their own choosing, with the aim of enriching their lives through wider experience – and to bring back the benefit to others in their UK profession or community through sharing the results of their new knowledge”. Dame Mary praised all the Fellows for their outstanding achievements, and said that “the Fellowship represents a wonderful opportunity to give something back to the community and others in the UK. We all have talents. Strive for personal excellence – doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way”. She also urged the Fellows’ to continue to follow their dreams, saying “it is attitude rather than aptitude that matters”.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
In 2015 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing £1.2million in British citizens by awarding a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships, in order to mark its 50th anniversary. This will directly support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965, as his national memorial and living legacy. Since then it has awarded over 4820 Travelling Fellowships. The application process is now open, and there are 11 varied categories in which people can apply. Visit www.wcmt.org.uk for more details, or to apply before 5pm on 23rd September 2014, for travel in 2015. Successful applicants must demonstrate the commitment, the character and the tenacity to travel globally in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current challenges facing the UK, and upon their return work to transform and improve aspects of today’s society. A travelling sabbatical for people with the drive, determination and desire to help others, can further their leadership and role model abilities. Employers often also see great benefits with employees returning with new knowledge, skills and ideas to share with others within the organisation. Applications are judged purely on project merit, and these opportunities are available to UK residents over the age of 18, of any ethnicity, religion, or gender. Successful applicants will receive an average Fellowship grant of over £6000, covering return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately 6 weeks overseas.
For further information: The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: 020 77 99 1660