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Barbara Rowe short listed for National Diversity Awards 2016.

12 years ago Barbara Rowe was subjected to a series of hate crimes when she moved to Sussex from London. Barbara’s experiences led Sussex Police to invite her to share her life stories as part of their Diversity training programme to help those involved in policing to get a better understanding of the victim’s perspective. The success of this approach led to the creation of Breaking Down Barriers. In 2007, Barbara started operating as a sole trader enterprise, growing her team from 1 to 20 and becoming a Community Interest Company in 2015.

Barbara draws on her personal experiences to help break the barriers of race, culture, assumptions and stereotypes. Through discussion she tackles the issue of subtle racism that has to be dealt with on a daily basis by ethnic minority groups. The hidden bias and racist overtones in people’s attitudes.

Barbara gives people the opportunity to develop their own cultural awareness and to give an honest assessment of their biases and stereotypes.

Breaking Down Barriers provide guest speakers and a variety of of creative and interactive courses in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion, Conflict Management and Wellbeing. Outstanding feedback showcases the phenomenal impact Barbara has had over the past decade.

Barbara celebrates with her brother at the 2016 National Diversity Awards Dinner.
The coveted nomination Certificate.
Barbara at the National Diversity Awards 2016.
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Our very own Ruth Rose was recently honoured at the ‘Women Of The Year’ media awards.

The grand luncheon and awards event, attended by the Duchess of Cornwall and worthy ladies from all walks of life, took place on 16 October at the Intercontinental Hotel in London.

As Ruth explains “Unexpected and a complete surprise, a personal invitation from Sandi Toksvig, president of Women of the Year, dropped on my doormat. A selection committee had chosen me to be one of this year’s 400 ‘Women of the year’. It was exciting, bright and noisy with lively chatter. I met some lovely talented people. Awards were handed out. I returned home feeling honoured, euphoric and ready for my voluntary work in the year ahead with renewed vigour and resolve.”

Congratulations Ruth, well deserved and very inspirational.

Ruth Rose with Sandi Toksvig at Women of the Year, 2017.
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