Teacher nominated for Proud of Barnsley award
Friday 22nd August 2014
Harshad Kumar Patel, of Locksley Gardens, Birdwell, is a science teacher of 35 years and former director of Barnsley Black and Ethnic Minorities Initiative.
He has been nominated in the exceptional achievement category by his colleague Mirban Hussain, who said: "Harshad is not just a volunteer, but an essential asset, a leader and worker for the social cohesion of Barnsley’s black and ethnic minority communities.
"He has taken on voluntary roles with pride and selfless devotion."
Harshad started fundraising at the age of 13 in 1967 and has given up his valuable time over the years helping people fill in application forms, writing references, signing legal documents, representing parents at meetings and acting as mediator.
Mirban added: "He is one of those people that make you proud to be part of Barnsley. He is without doubt an exceptional person, who is constantly striving to reach the generic population of Barnsley.
"He continues to educate our local children and to teach them about fairness, respect and above all about how to be a good citizen."
Carer of the Year Sponsor
NPS Barnsley Limited
Barnsley S70 2RD
Telephone: 01226 774605www.nps.co.uk
NPS Barnsley is a local property services company, formed in January 2011. Part-owned by Barnsley Council, in a joint venture partnership, NPS work closely with the council to support growth in the local economy and create and sustain local jobs.
Their services include architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural engineering design, quantity surveying, procurement, energy management and compliance services such as asbestos, water hygiene and health and safety management and facilities management services such as cleaning and caretaking. The company also has its own construction arm.
Barnsley Council continues to be their main client, delivering some wonderful projects together including the refurbishment of Barnsley Town Hall.
By increasing their client base, last year they secured almost £2 million in work for other clients. This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the hard work and commitment of NPS staff.
As a local company they employ local people, with majority of their third party spend with local suppliers and subcontractors. They recently signed the Barnsley Apprentice Pledge and have already exceeded their targets, with five per cent of their workforce being apprentices. These apprentices will be trained by NPS to become the designers, engineers and craftsmen of the future.
Karen Temple, managing director of NPS, said: “Most of our employees live in Barnsley and their children attend schools in the borough. Here at NPS we are all very proud of our Barnsley roots and care very much about the town.
“We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards because it is a chance to give our unsung heroes the recognition they deserve. These inspirational people are what make Barnsley truly great.
“We chose to support the Carer of the Year category because caring will touch all of our lives at some point – whether we are caring for someone or being cared for.
“They are often the glue holding families together and the care they provide is truly irreplaceable. We feel extremely privileged to be associated with this award.”