AN AWARD has been launched by Hampshire firefighters to recognise young black role models.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue is sponsoring the Young Black Role Model of the Year Award, which recognises those who have made a difference to their communities.
Firefighters and representatives of the Afro-Caribbean community attended a launch ceremony on Monday.
Group manager Tom Carr said: ‘We at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are always wanting to help improve the lives of young people so that they can develop and achieve the best for themselves, their families and communities.
‘We would like to be able to learn from their experiences so that we all may gain a better knowledge and understanding of the things that are important to people and how they have helped to improve the lives of individuals, families.’
He added: ‘Racism is no longer accepted in our society and this programme helps to highlight the issues and find future leaders who can help improve all our lives, which will help make society safer and more prosperous.’
The award will form part of Black History Month in October.