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Give your local hero the pedestal they deserve...

The #MyWestminster Community Awards celebrate community life across the borough by highlighting the important work carried out by volunteers, as well as the community action and acts of kindness that make Westminster a great place to live.

The awards were announced at a special ceremony held at Westminster City Hall on the 9 July 2019. This year’s awards included 10 categories recognising people and organisations who work to make community life better for others across the borough.

The 10 winners of the 2019 #MyWestminster Community Awards were:

  • 'City for All' Volunteer of the Year: Mark Healey - Mark Healey has been recognised for establishing 17-24-30, a project that organises the April Acts of Remembrance
  • Neighbourhood Project of the Year: Independent Custody Service - the Independent Custody Service has been recognised for providing support to those in custody
  • Voluntary Contribution to the Community: Tell It Parents Network and One Big Family - Tell It Parents Network awarded for its work in providing a space for families to socialise and be active; One Big Family has been recognised for for delivering hot meals to those most in need, including rough sleepers
  • Corporate Contribution to the Community: Marks and Spencer has been recognised for its commitment to work in Westminster, sending their staff out as volunteers to support local charity campaigns, school projects mentoring and work with the elderly in the borough
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Local Area: People Award: London Basketball Association - The London Basketball Association arranges community basketball games for all ability levels, and has helped and supported hard-to-reach young people through the sport of basketball
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Local Area: Built Environment: Westminster Recycling Champions whether it’s knocking on doors, holding talks or walking the streets, the volunteer Westminster Recycling Champions have had a huge positive impact on recycling in Westminster
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Local Area: Growth Award: The Pimlico Million - The Pimlico Million has been recognised for arranging positive and healthy community groups and events, such as their walking football team for over 50s
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Local Area: Culture Award: Mousetrap Theatre Projects; and Philip Andokou and Deborah Lauder for the 2018 Black History Month events - Mousetrap Theatre Projects give families the chance to experience live theatre for themselves; Philip Andokou and Deborah Lauder have been recognised for their ongoing work in the borough to celebrate and open up the world of Black history to Westminster residents
  • The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Award: Helen Burrluck - Helen has been recognised for being a dedicated family befriender whose support has been described as life-changing
  • Young Person of the Year: Hassan Ali-Khan; Hassan Ali-Khan has been instrumental in the recruitment of young people to Westminster’s youth council and being a voice for his peers

Nominations for the #MyWestminster Community Awards 2020 will open in the spring of next year. If you’re aware an individual or organisation in your community who deserves an award for their work, keep their name in mind and get ready to nominate them next year.

Congratulations to all our winners and highly commended.

Last updated: 23 July 2019