On January 31st, Shuranjeet was awarded with a Mental Health Star award by the Thrive Mental Health Commission operating in the West Midlands. The Commission was established by the West Midlands Combined Authority to tackle mental ill-health in the region.

The Commission recognised the vital work being undertaken by Taraki with regards to mental health within Punjabi communities. Importantly, Taraki’s work was judged on its innovation, its integration of community voices, and its impact.

We are honoured to have received this award and we look forward to continuing our work into the future!

Taraki’s work was recognised through Birmingham Live and their annual selection of the city’s 30 under 30, a celebration of Birmingham’s young people who are striving for change within their communities and beyond. As the city with the highest proportion of young people in Europe, Birmingham is at the forefront of youth innovation. To be recognised in this demographic is a huge achievement, especially for those in Punjabi communities who strive towards a better collective mental well-being.

Recently, out of 28,000 nominations, Taraki was named as a finalised in the National Diversity Awards in the category ‘Community Organisation Award in Race, Religion and Faith’. These awards are supported by ITV, a national television broadcaster in the UK and the awards will provide an amazing opportunity for Taraki volunteers to positively reflect on their collective work, propelling and motivating them to continue inciting positive change.