The Community Awards are designed to reward volunteers for their life-changing work. The awards, including the City for All Volunteer of the Year award, recognise people and organisations who have made life better for others by donating their time and skills. The awards are organised by Westminster City Council in partnership with Groundwork London and One Westminster.
There are 100s of opportunities to volunteer in Westminster, from one-off events for time strapped volunteers to regular slots. Plus you can earn Time Credits for every hour you spend volunteering.
The Mother Tongue Counselling Service from Wandsworth and Westminster Mind won the Neighbourhood Project Award for its support to Arabic and Farsi speaking adults across the city by giving one-to-one support, group work and workshops in their native languages.
Beauchamp Lodge Settlement won the Outstanding Organisation Award for operating the “Floating Classroom,” a barge that has taught classes to over 35,000 primary school pupils on the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals since 2001.
Ellen Bridgewater won the Sir Simon Milton Award, which is awarded for supporting vulnerable older people or disadvantaged young people in the City. Ellen has been voluntarily running a bingo group every Wednesday for the last 15 years to keep local elderly people mentally active, as well as make friends and meet new people.
Joint winners, Ambeya Begum and David Mears, won the Young or Student Volunteer Award.
Ambeya has been volunteering for over a year at the Kidstime Foundation in order to provide a voice to young people. She is also actively involved in fundraising for the foundation including doing a 10,000ft skydive.
David studies clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music and finds time in his studies to volunteer with people living with dementia. He also helps organise and play at concerts, and understands the importance of taking the time to talk and offer companionship to these vulnerable residents.
The Pacific Investment Management Company won the Corporate Contribution to the Community Award. The company is an international investment management firm that delivers support to local organisations in Westminster.
Alan Boyd won the Inspirational Award for founding the Holy Apostles Sports Club, which was set up to combat anti-social behaviour in the community through the sport of boxing.
Sheila D’Souza won the City for All Volunteer of the Year Award for leading a campaign to improve air quality in Westminster in order to prevent health issues from affecting at-risk young and older people.