These videos shine a spotlight on our Community Heroes’ Award winners - people, groups and businesses who go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver the highest level of support and assistance within their community.
Highly commended: Young Person Achievement
Bella Slimani, Dalia Dardouk, Harry Roberts, Isaak Bacha, Lyna Benkortbi, Maher Dardouk and Jannah Slimani from Ham Youth Centre made a powerful film about prejudice and hate crime. The film raised awareness amongst their peers of the dangers of stereotyping, bigotry and biased sources of information.
Please watch this video to find out more about these inspirational young people’s project to raise awareness about hate crime and prejudice.
Winner: Sporting Achievement Award
The Cambridge Park Bowls Club, East Twickenham, was founded in 1921. The club plays friendly matches against other local clubs and members compete in county and national competitions.
Ann Halliday, Jean Staples, Nadine Mullins and Cathy Taylor represented England reaching the semi-final of the Fours championship at the British Isles Women's Bowls Council 2018 Championships in Northern Island - an achievement demonstrating women over 50 can still be National Champions in a very active, competitive sport.
Please watch this video to find out more about this inspirational team.
Winner: Community Group of the Year
The Mulberry Centre is a cancer charity that provides support and information for anyone affected by cancer. Open to both cancer patients and to those affected by the diagnosis of a loved one, the Centre focuses on enhancing physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing.
Supported by a host of dedicated volunteers, services include relaxation therapies, counselling and a wide range of workshops. The combination of information, support, self-management and relaxation helps people feel in control; it helps them to make the right decisions to manage both the physical and mental trauma of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Please watch this video to find out more about what The Mulberry Centre does and visit their website to find out how you can support their work.
Winner: Community Spirit Award
Runner-up: Community Project of the Year
PowerJam is a not-for-profit that gives young people a chance to connect, create and perform through music. Their mission is to help tweens and teens to gain confidence, learn new skills and alleviate social and academic pressures.
We spent time with the PowerJam bands in the weeks leading up to their performance at the Eel Pie Club in March. We were able to watch them rehearse, speak to PowerJam founder Anna Texier and finally see them perform.
The PowerJam bands will be performing at the following upcoming events:
Winner: Business Contribution to the Local Community
Acara is a small Richmond-based property management company. Paul and Elliot spend one day a month volunteering with SPEAR, a South West London homelessness charity.
They visit SPEAR's office, hostels, houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs) and client properties to carry out repairs or maintenance work as required.
Every month SPEAR present Paul and Elliot with a long list of tasks from all their sites and commended their positive response and flexibility to do whatever is asked of them.
Watch the video below to hear about how businesses can make an impact through voluntary work.
The Dignity in Care Carer of the Year Awards are given to those who go above and beyond in following the 10 Dignity Do's in their daily work. They:
Winner: Carla Dantas
Winner: Katerina Burke
Winner: Community Project of the Year and Community Hero of the Year
The Christmas Day Dinner gives over 50 young care leavers the opportunity to celebrate in a safe and welcoming place.
With delicious food, fun activities and of course presents, the event creates a special day for people who may never have had that experience before or had very negative experiences at Christmas.
Watch the videos below to find out all about the Christmas Day Dinner and how you can help and donate this year.
Updated: 28 July 2020