Fantastic Five Make a Difference

The Birmingham Post (England), October 22, 2007 | Go to article overview

Fantastic Five Make a Difference


Byline: By Rhona Ganguly

An award highlighting the positive impact made by entrepreneurs on society has celebrated four Birmingham projects.

The Midlands Social Impact Awards - backed by The Birmingham Post and the UnLtd foundation, aims to show how businesses can be ethical and socially responsible.

Among the winners, which have been announced monthly, are entrepreneurs Pardip Kumar, Hitesh Chauhan, Ian and Lisa Cawley and Clive Smith.

They have all been offered a complete package of funding and support with pounds 500 to pounds 5,000 available to help with running costs of the project.

Development managers will also lend a helping hand to ensure the winning project has the best chance of success.

Mr Kumar is a professional actor who has been involved in teaching drama in the local community for a number of years. During this period, he realised there was a distinct lack of Asian issues being covered through the medium of drama.

His project Inspire to Aspire aims to inspire young Asian people to consider acting, while discussing issues unique to the Asian community through the medium of drama.

It will feature a collection of workshops which will focus on issues such as forced marriages, caste, honour based conflicts, domestic violence, and so on.

"It is quite exciting to know you have got a plan and you would like to do something and it is inspiring, in a way," he said.

"I have always enjoyed working with young people from working in various schools in the Birmingham area.

"I want to do things to empower them and make a difference."

Hitesh Chauhan, a Birmingham sound engineer and event manager, won the award for his training programme Soundscape.

This project aims to train individuals regarding the various aspects of live and studio sound engineering in the setting of a working nightclub, while giving them the chance to achieve work experience in the nightclub.

"It is nice to get some recognition," he said. …

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