Bolton, Greater Manchester

IWA Champion- Gemma Louise
IWA Champion- Gemma Louise

Gemma’s presence alone empowers everyone around her as she is so determined that she never lets her disabilities prevent her from achieving her goals. Gemma is 26 years old, and has Cerebral Palsy, but this has not stopped her giving over 8 years of commitment into volunteering with young people and also being part of…

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IWA Champion- Patricia Holmes
IWA Champion- Patricia Holmes

Ex- Mayoress of Horwich, Patricia Holmes has worked with women in prison and in prostitution and champions mental health, equality and diversity issues. Patricia is chairman of BRASS (Befriending Refugees and Asylum Seekers), an organisation that provides specialised advice on immigration and asylum, citizenship and rights under the law. The group also provides support and…

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IWA Champion- Laura Collins
IWA Champion- Laura Collins

Bungee jumping for disadvantaged kids, teaching English in Tanzania and involved in building an orphanage, Ms Bolton and Bury is a shining beacon for young people in Bolton. Laura, a 22 year-old law graduate, now studying for a masters degree alongside working in her full-time job, was crowned Miss Bolton and Bury earlier this year,…

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IWA Champion- Anna Kinley
IWA Champion- Anna Kinley

A Bollywood dance Diva and volunteer in its truest sense, Anna works with numerous voluntary groups promoting community cohesion across Bolton. Former nurse Anna Kinley is community star involved in voluntary work for Bolton Interfaith Council, Smile of Hope and host of other groups teaching dance, conducting workshops and mentoring young girls. One of the…

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IWA Champion- Vera Bragg
IWA Champion- Vera Bragg

Vera loves getting neighbours together and helping to promote community spirit, a sense of belonging and shared responsibility. Born and bred in Bolton, 69-year old Vera Bragg has two children and four grand-children. A year ago she set up a Residents Association covering 110 properties in Harper Green and finds it a very worthwhile exercise….

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IWA Champion- Linda Charnock
IWA Champion- Linda Charnock

Unwilling to lose her home, Linda help form the Bolton group and works tirelessly on behalf of people effected by ‘Bedroom Tax’. Linda Charnock is chairperson of Bolton Against the Bedroom Tax campaign. The mother of four and grandmother of seven used to work with victims of domestic violence until she was made redundant three…

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IWA Champion- Karen Openshaw
IWA Champion- Karen Openshaw

Passionate trained Counsellor and a Chaplain, Karen feels that God has a pioneering role for her. Karen had a difficult childhood; her parents split up when she was 11 and her mother then died of cancer when Karen was 15. her father moved abroad and she and her brothers lived with an auntie and uncle….

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IWA Champion- Zaheda Bhaloda
IWA Champion- Zaheda Bhaloda

Zaheda urges women not to suffer domestic abuse in silence as help and support is available. Zaheda is a single mother mother of three boys who suffered from horrific domestic abuse. Earlier this year she formed an organisation – JAWS (Justice for Abused Women). The aim of the organisation is to help women facing domestic…

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IWA Champion-Amal Elsheikh
IWA Champion-Amal Elsheikh

A refugee from Sudan, with a degree in law, Amal feels it’s very important for women to get involved in helping their communities. Amal graduated from the University of Khartoum with a degree in law and practised as an advocate for ten years. She arrived in the UK from Sudan in 2007. Married, with four…

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IWA Champion – Susan Smart
IWA Champion – Susan Smart

33 years of passionate involvement in the Girl Guide movement has led Susan to believe there is more to life than simply passing exams. Mother-of-four Susan Smart worked for Greenhalgh’s for 33 years and has been involved with the Girl Guide movement for 17 years. With are 3,500 girls and leaders in the Bolton area…

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