The Community Awards

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.

Nomination closed at midnight on Wednesday 22 March 2017. 

1. Find out more about volunteering

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. 

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2. Last year's winners

William Kennedy

William has been giving his time to the Lancaster Gate and Bayswater Community for a long time. Described as an unsung hero, William has worked to bring together young people through trips and competitions as well as working with businesses to tackle issues such as empty shop windows and encouraging them to get involved in the business improvement district.

Westminster Chapel, Community Project Award

The team at Westminster Chapel changes lives through their tireless work to ensure that no one goes hungry. They work extremely hard to gather food donations, sort, store and distribute them to families who are struggling. It’s an enormous job for all the volunteers who make it happen week-on-week.

DreamArts, Outstanding Organisation Award

The charity uses creativity so that young people can realise their potential.  Not only do they develop as artists, but they build a sense of community and achievement through their work. Every year, 80 young people showcase their talents at West End theatres and their outstanding performances proves they deserve to be there. Their pioneering therapeutic arts initiative supports the most vulnerable groups and their Youth Arts Leadership Scheme helps young people to produce their own exhibitions and performances.

Marylebone Cricket Club, Corporate Contribution to the Community

Jane Buchanan, St. John’s Hospice, Sir Simon Milton Foundation Award

Jane is a warm and welcoming volunteer who serves lunches, trains new volunteers, chats to the patients and helps their friends and family. Jane has set up a book group and museum and art gallery tour group to help older people through their bereavement. These groups give people a reason to go out and meet new people from whom they can receive support.

The amount of work that Jane devotes to her voluntary role is astounding and she is always prepared to go the extra mile to make sure everyone is looked after.

Nourhan Meddah, Young or Student Volunteer Award

Nourhan is an active member of Westminster Youth Council and St. John’s Ambulance. She attends events as a qualified First Aider and is a popular member of the Youth Council through which she is passionate about promoting equal opportunities. Nourhan is a real advocate for the benefits of volunteering and an inspiring role model for her peer group.

Maria Anastasi, One Westminster, Inspirational Award

Maria helps other volunteers find their ideal role resulting in hundreds of volunteer placements over the past 3 years. She is a founding member of a new volunteering drop-in where her expertise and people skills help volunteers into successful placements. Maria also volunteers with Kick-it to help people stop smoking. She never stops helping other people despite a serious health condition. Maria’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious and when seeing her determination you have no choice but to do more.

Reg Miles, Westminster Boating Base, The City for All Volunteer of the Year Award

Reg volunteers 3 days a week no matter how wet or cold and is always happy to help with any job without wanting any fuss. He repairs engines, replaces rivets, unblocks drains, fixes leaky roofs and much more. He is always smiling and there is nothing he want more than a nice cup of tea. At 75-years-of-age, Reg is an unsung hero who is loved and respected by all the staff and users for all he does for the club.

“Volunteering has always been part of my life and I now find it a stimulating and productive way to spend my retirement. The Westminster Community Awards, in recognising my contribution, has made me feel really valued within my community.” - Jane Buchanan, winner of The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Award

Last updated: 7 April 2017
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