November 14, 2023
Dionne has been recognised for her passion and the significant impact her founded charity has for improving the lives of vulnerable women and their families throughout the county.
Professor Kathryn Mitchell CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said:
“Celebrating the successes of our graduates is one of the highlights of the year for us at the University. It is also a great privilege to honour individuals who have contributed so much to our University, city and region, whether that is supporting vulnerable women and children, contributing to the transition to low carbon, or promoting and communicating the vital importance of science.”
Dionne Reid, CEO of Women’s Work (Derbyshire) Ltd and recipient of an honorary degree, said:
“When I started Women’s Work 20 years ago I had not set out to be inspirational nor receive any honours or awards. My aim was to ensure the women of Derby had a safe space to go to if they found themselves in hardship or experiencing emotional or social difficulties. A place to go to where they would be listened to and feel respected and cared for.
I hear many inspiring stories every day from women who are faced with adversity, and have chosen to make positive progress to overcome the difficulties in their lives, with Women’s Work often acting as the springboard to their empowerment.
I am humbled by this recognition from the University of Derby that Women’s Work and I have received in our 20th year, acknowledging the many vital services and support we provide and the impact these have had on our community. It gives us affirmation that we know who we are, what we represent and being authentic holds the power to inspiring others.”
Congratulations to all the other recipients of the honorary masters and to all those graduating this week.
Read the full article below on the University of Derby’s website;