Inspirational women win awards for their community efforts

Inspirational women win awards for their community efforts

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

TWO inspirational women from south Sefton have been named winners at the 2022 Merseyside Women of the Year awards.

Barbara Rouse, better known locally as the ‘Duchess of Bootle’, received the Community Change award for her tireless volunteer work over 45 years, including her roles as CEO of Bootle YMCA, Chair of Derby Park and director of SAFE Community Homes CIC.

Debbie Rogers received the Inspirational Women award for her work founding men’s mental health charity, Sean’s Place.

Meanwhile, Deborah Stephens, the CEO of Fun 4 Kidz and a community volunteer from Netherton, was named the runner-up in the Inspirational Woman category.

This year’s ceremony was held at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool on Friday, July 1.

The big winner on the night was Jubeda Khatun, an artistic director of grassroots combined arts festival, Blackfest, who was named overall Merseyside Woman of the Year 2022.

MWOTY founding director, Ellie Kerr, added: “It’s been absolutely glorious to be back and celebrating the amazing women in our region - the emotion and excitement in the room was just incredible!

“I would like to congratulate our Woman of the Year 2022, Jubeda, not just on her win at the awards, but for all the work she has done since establishing Blackfest in 2018.

“I would also like to congratulate all of our category winners and finalists - each and every one of them epitomises the spirit of MWOTY and make our home region the incredibly special place that it is. We welcome them into the MWOTY family and look forward to supporting their future ventures.”

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