Last week Cllr Rufia Ashraf was recognised for her brilliant community work by the University of Northampton. She has been presented with ‘change maker’ award. The citation mentions Rufia being a role model for other black and minority ethnic women. In addition to being a Councillor she holds a leading position in the Labour Party as a successful Chair of Northampton Labour Party. She is also on the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum.
It is her ward work that received special praise- for her intergenerational work, her work with the local school and her efforts to make St James the first litter free zone in Northampton. Rufia also takes up many individual cases ranging from homelessness, the threat of eviction to dealing with the loss of benefits.
Cllr Rufia Ashraf said:
“I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this honour from the University of Northampton. I just hope that the work I have had done has made a difference in St James for the better. While it’s good to receive this award I know I couldn’t have achieved so much without the support and cooperation of St James residents.
Cllr Danielle Stone said:
“It’s really great that Rufia has received this award in recognition of her hard. As Leader of the Labour Group I am deeply proud of Rufia. Not only is she a change maker, she is a local rising star with a bright future. She is seen as a change maker because of how well she works with people in the community; families, local businesses, the school and council officers.”