10th September 2004

 

SOCIAL CAMPAIGNER TO RECEIVE AWARD

 

A leading social campaigner is to be honoured at the University of Lincoln next week.

 

Lord Victor Adebowale of Thornes CBE is well known for his commitment to eradicating social exclusion and has been a champion for the cause of those affected by poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions and learning disabilities.

 

His career was established as an estate manager with Newham Council, becoming Head of Permanent Property at Patchwork Housing Association in 1985 before progressing to Regional Director of Ujima Housing Association, Britain’s largest black-led housing association.

 

Since 1990 Lord Adebowale has been Director for the Alcohol Recovery Project in London, has held the position of Chief Executive of Centrepoint, the national youth homelessness charity in London, and is currently the Chief Executive of Turning Point, the UK’s leading social care organisation working with drug, alcohol, mental health problems and learning disabilities.

 

In 2000 he was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honour List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed and homeless young people and in 2001 he became one of the first group of people to be appointed as People’s Peers.

 

As a Peer of the Realm Lord Adebowale is a frequent contributor to debates in the House of Lords. He is also widely published and appears regularly in the national press and on TV and radio.

 

He is the chairman of many housing, mental health, alcohol and poverty-related groups and is a member or patron of several other boards.

 

A university spokesperson said: “Lord Adebowale has made a tremendous contribution across the whole spectrum of social care and we are very pleased to acknowledge his achievements.”

 

Lord Adebowale will receive his award on Thursday 16th September at 11:30am.

 

 

For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                mcross@lincoln.ac.uk