A PCSO who has worked tirelessly to break-down barriers between different ethnic communities has been recognised for her work.
PCSO Carla Pinto, a diversity liaison officer, received a Recognition Award from the Norwich and Central Norfolk branch of Mind last night after her extensive work with the Portuguese community in Thetford.
PCSO Pinto made use of workshops, police surgeries and larger engagement projects to help make Portguese people feel part of the town.
She said she was humbled by the award.
“This is a great honour. It can be challenging to engage with minority groups in the county but it is something that I feel very dedicated to,” she said.
“As a Portuguese person, I can appreciate how people in any community can feel isolated.
“Organisations such as Mind set a real example to people throughout the country that nobody should feel cut-off from the mainstream.
“This has made me even more determined than ever to tackle such issues head-on.”
Amrita Kulkarni, community development manager for Mind, said: “We are pleased to award Carla Pinto for her relentless work with the Portugues community in Thetford.
“Although not a big award, it is our little way of appreciation.
“Carla has always been available and helped the community development programme engage with the Black Minority Ethnic groups in Thetford.”
PCSO Pinto said her next project is to highlight the diversity of businesses in Thetford.