Over 100 volunteers and members of local voluntary organisations joined Westminster City Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr David Harvey at the Westminster Community Awards ceremony at Porchester Hall on 3rd July 2018. In total, 15 volunteers were honoured for their contribution to the community.
The winners and highly commended nominees this year were announced as:
City for All Volunteer of the Year: Winner - Jacqui Haynes
During ten years as a church warden at St Peter’s Church in West London, Jacqui has run a Thursday Breakfast Club and Saturday Lunch Club for those who sleep rough or find it hard to socialise. On Mondays she also coordinates a homework club for 5-13 year olds at the Walterton and Elgin Community Homes Centre. Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Jacqui was voted chair of the Lancaster West Residents Association and has been supporting residents ever since.
Highly commended - Brenda Scobie
Inspirational Award: Winner - Ulviyya Taghizade
A publicity manager for Hallfield Homeschool Parents and Teachers Association, Ulviyya has been supporting Cancer Research for three years. She also volunteers as part of the Committee of Diplomatic Spouses Club London and the Hear Women GarGar Foundation. And, if that isn’t enough, she is the Founder of the Azerbaijani Women's Association! Ulviyya Taghizade said: “Through volunteering, I learn from people around me and become a better version of myself. Thank You Westminster for embracing me and my work.”
Highly commended - Samia Zaki
Young or Student Volunteer of the Year: Winner - Katie Kettle
Despite being just six years of age, Katie decided to cut off eight inches of her own hair to make wigs for children with cancer, simply because she wanted to “help children I don’t know.”
Highly commended - Aziz Saiq
Outstanding Organisation: Winner - Migrants Resource Centre
This organisation has worked for over 30 years to help migrants, refugees and asylum seekers overcome social and cultural barriers to integrate into the local community. Their services are delivered by a wide range of skilled and dedicated volunteers who come from all over the world.
Highly commended - Al Hasaniya and Outbreak, The Pimlico Foundation
Corporate Contribution to the Community Award: Winner - Proximity London
Communications Consultancy Proximity London supports Pursuing Independent Paths, a small team that helps people with learning disabilities to gain greater independence. Using their passion and professional insight, they helped Pursuing Independent Paths to develop a working market stall for community fares and events, where students create and make healthy juices, learn core life and work skills and interact with the general public.
Highly commended - American Express
The Sir Simon Milton Award: Winner - Olivia Bristol
Olivia works with some of the most vulnerable women and children in the city. After receiving support from Hestia Westminster, our winner wanted to give something back to the service that had helped her through a challenging time in her life. Having grandchildren herself, she has taken on the role of a ‘grandmother’ at the refuge, sharing her passion for toys and their role in a child’s development, imagination and general well-being.
Highly commended - Kayla Gregoire
Neighbourhood Project of the Year: SouthWestFest
This community festival, held in Pimlico in June and July is described as having “something for everyone”, from poetry to teddy bear’s picnics, and celebrates the people, community and culture of south Westminster.
Highly commended - Pat Shroff and the South Westminster Community Choir