It was an evening of great celebration as Neelam Devesher, Chair of Surrey Ethnic Minority Forum (SMEF), received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, presented by the Lord-Lieutenant Michael More-Molyneux.
Neelam comes from Yorkshire and set up SMEF in 2009. The organisation provides a voice for small groups working in Surrey to help improve the lives of its ethnic minority citizens. It is now a well-established umbrella organisation, which nurtures groups and runs a wide range of activities. One of them is SMEF Health and Race, run in partnership with Surrey Public Health, Surrey Heartlands and Active Surrey. It aims to reduce health inequalities in BAME communities.