A police officer who helps break down barriers between the emergency services and vulnerable adults and ethnic communities across Cornwall has been shortlisted for a national award from over 1000 nominations.
PC Colin Gameson, based at Bodmin Police Hub, is the man behind the highly successful ‘Blue Light Day’ which is now held at the Royal Cornwall Showground. From small beginnings the annual event outgrew its original venue and now welcomes up to 1000 visitors. In its tenth year, Blue Light Day has influenced the development of similar events in other counties.
Colin said: “Blue Light Day is very much a partnership event involving up to 70 organizations which provide healthcare and support services to those with learning difficulties.”
Colin has also coordinated the Safe Places Scheme where business and public sector organisations volunteer to act as a Safe Place should a vulnerable member of the public require assistance or wishes to report hate bullying.
Colin’s role as a diversity officer involves him working with ethnic communities, marginalised groups and refugees. He spearheads the Holocaust Memorial Day events across Cornwall each January which remember those who suffered in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Together with colleagues from Cornwall Council, local universities and Truro Cathedral he organises interactive days to commemorate, educate and celebrate the survival of those brave individuals who have experienced genocide. Attendees learn how genocide is still happening today and what they can do about it.
The Diversity Champion Awards recognise an individual who has shown outstanding initiative to promote diversity internally and externally making a positive difference in others’ lives through significant contributions to social justice, equality and diversity. Colin is one of five shortlisted for the public sector award.
He will find out if he has won at a ceremony which is being held in Manchester on 30 November hosted by television presenter, broadcaster and author June Sarpong MBE.