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Novus to attend Manchester Pride celebrations

Novus colleagues and learners will be taking part in this year’s Manchester Pride celebrations, which take place from Friday 24 to Monday 27 August, in conjunction with HMPPS.

Manchester Pride is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life, and its four day event every August promotes tolerance and acceptance, and also raises funds for LGBT+ projects.

HMPPS have an allocated part in the walking parade and will use this opportunity to showcase Novus, highlight its learner education programme, and display the learners’ work to thousands of visitors and spectators on the day.

A total of 10 establishments across the North West are taking part – HMP Manchester, HMP Preston, HMP/YOIThorn Cross, HMP Altcourse, HMP Liverpool, HMP Buckley Hall, HMP Risley, HMP Garth, HMP Wymott, and HMPYOI Hindley – and this year the theme for the event is 'Circus of Acceptance'.

Establishments have been creating pieces inspired by the theme, including placards which will be carried during the parade. In addition, learners from HMP/YOI Thorn Cross and HMP Altcourse have created costume accessories to co-ordinate the Novus look.

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Saj Mahmood

Working in ICT has given me opportunities to support learners across the country in ways that I could never have anticipated.

I’ve led on the implementation of AS level qualifications for learners within my establishment and supported training for my colleagues, I’ve also worked on launching a new Moodle within Novus and assisting as part of teams on other national ICT projects.

Novus has given me opportunities to progress very quickly, by setting up bespoke leadership courses aimed at offender learning they have helped me in my development from Curriculum Manager to Deputy OLASS Manager.

I enjoy being part of a diverse and enthusiastic team that is working to transform lives and make a positive impact on society. I love the variety, the challenge and most of all the engagement with our learners.

I am now acting OLASS Manager at HMP Lindholme, and have been supported by Novus as I study for my level 5 leadership Diploma from the CMI. I love my job and cannot wait to see where it takes me next.

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