Wed, 11 April 2012
A Hounslow advisor who works with young people leaving care has been nominated for an award for his work with refugees and asylum seekers.
Abdirahman Osman was nominated for the Brighter Futures Award, which is given to social workers and other professionals that show excellence in the support they give to young asylum seekers and refugees.
Abdirahman said: “It is a tremendous honour to be nominated by one of the young people I have worked with.
“Integrating young refugees and asylum seekers into mainstream British society has been a very rewarding experience, and seeing their success is a source of great joy.”
Judith Pettersen, director of children’s services and lifelong learning at Hounslow Council, said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised in this way by the young people we serve, and we wish Abdirahman the very best at the ceremony.
"These young people understand the challenges faced by the professionals who work with them, and it’s wonderful to see them recognise when someone goes the extra mile.”
Abdirahman is a keen advocate for considering young people’s needs and he engages with young people who often have struggled to work with the service.
The Brighter Futures Award has been established by the Brighter Futures youth group, a group of inspirational young asylum seekers and refugees that work together to improve policy and services for their peers.
The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 25 April at Bishopsgate Institute.