24 February 2015

Proud moment for Mental Health Act Volunteer

One of the Trust's Mental Health Act volunteers been recognised for her nazma_250tireless work standing up for ethnic women in Swindon.

Veteran community volunteer Nazma Ramruttun, has been honoured with the MTM Empowering Women accolade by influential magazine Mast.

The former chair of Swindon Asian Women's Association, now has a wide range of roles including chairing Mental Health Act hearings, Voluntary Action Swindon and being a member of Healthwatch. Nazma has also worked with the Broadgreen Organisation for Neighbourhood Development and the Women's Equality Coalition. In the late 1980s, she founded Madina House, the collective name for two care homes which helped people with mental health issues and learning disabilities to lead full lives in the community.

Receiving her prestigious award last December at Bristol's Marriott Hotel, Nazma said. ""I would like to thank everyone who voted for me." She adds, "There's a reward with volunteering. If somebody is smiling because you've done a little something for them, that's a big, big reward."

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