One Westminster scoops three awards at Westminster Community Awards
Volunteers from across the City of Westminster were recognised for their outstanding contributions to the community at the Westminster Community Awards on Tuesday, 4 July. A drinks reception followed by supper was held at Porchester Hall in Bayswater and attended by more than 120 volunteers and members of voluntary sector organisations.
Awards were presented across seven categories including the Inspirational Award, City For All Volunteer of the Year Award and Young or Student Volunteer Award. One Westminster was delighted to be able to congratulate its Time & Talents clients PIMCO for winning the prestigious Corporate Contribution to the Community Award, and also John Lewis Victoria Branch who was highly commended in the same category. One of our longest serving volunteers, Gwyneth Williams (pictured above), received a highly commended in the Inspirational category, as did Decca Salad, ceo of Hear Women, in the Outstanding Organisation award for her charity's work. Hear Women has its office at One Westminster's headquarters.
The winning people and organisations in full were:
- 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.
- 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 a 10,000 feet Skydive. David Mears 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 including the Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities, West London Day Centre, and the Portman Early Childhood Centre.
- 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.
- Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, Ben Coles, Director of Communities of Groundwork London and Jackie Rosenberg, Chief Executive of One Westminster, hosted the awards. Awards were also presented by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Ian Adams, the Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL and Lisa Milton, founding trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.
The Westminster Community Awards are organised by Westminster City Council in partnership with Groundwork London and One Westminster. More than 140 people submitted nominations for volunteers and organisations across the City of Westminster.