The winners of an award scheme designed to put the spotlight on Westminster’s community champions were announced this week (Tuesday 9 July) at a special ceremony at Westminster’s City Hall.
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.
Organised by Westminster City Council in partnership with Groundwork London and One Westminster, this year’s awards included 10 categories recognising people and organisations who work to make life better for others across the borough.
Among the winners were Hassan Ali-Khan who won the Young Person of the Year award and City for All Volunteer of the Year, Mark Healey.
Hassan,18, has been integral to the success of the Youth Council in Westminster and was elected as Deputy Youth MP for the area serving to support and encourage other young people.
Mark established the 17-24-30 charity to tackle all forms of hate crime. The organisation organises the April Acts of Remembrance to remember those lost in the London Nail Bomb attacks in Soho, as well as National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October and an annual HOPE campaign.
Cllr Iain Bott, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Sports, Culture and Community, said:
“These awards recognise the people in our community whose selfless work makes the borough a better place – a true City for All for everyone who lives and works here.
“The judges were especially impressed by the passion and dedication shown by the winners, so it was a real pleasure to see every one of these community heroes given the appreciation they deserve.”
The 10 winners of the 2019 #MyWestminster Community Awards were:
· 'City for All' Volunteer of the Year: Mark Healey.
· Neighbourhood Project of the Year: Independent Custody Service.
· Voluntary Contribution to the Community: Tell It Parents Network and One Big Family.
· Corporate Contribution to the Community: Marks and Spencer.
· Outstanding Contribution to the Local Area: People Award: London Basketball Association.
· Outstanding Contribution to the Local Area: Built Environment: Westminster Recycling Champions.
· Outstanding Contribution to the Local Area: Growth Award: The Pimlico Million.
· Outstanding Contribution to the Local Area: Culture Award: Mousetrap Theatre Projects; and Philip Andokou and Deborah Lauder for the 2018 Black History Month events.
· The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Award: Helen Burrluck.
· Young Person of the Year: Hassan Ali-Khan.
More details about the Community Awards can be found online at www.westminster.gov.uk/community-awards.