Community Heroes' Awards winners spotlight

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.

July 2020

July 2019

Ham Youth Centre

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.


June 2019

Cambridge Park Bowls Club

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.

May 2019

The Mulberry Centre

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.


April 2019

PowerJam and Anna Texier

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:

  • Surrey Food Festival, 28 April 2019
  • Strawberry Hill Music Day, 9 June 2019
  • Richmond Riverside Festival, 24/25 August 2019

To find out more visit their Facebook page or email

March 2019

Acara Property Management

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.


February 2019

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:

  1. Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
  2. Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
  3. Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
  4. Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
  5. Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
  6. Respect people's right to privacy
  7. Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
  8. Engage with family members and carers as care partners
  9. Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem
  10. Act to alleviate people's loneliness and isolation

Dignity in Care, Care Home Carer of the Year

Winner: Carla Dantas 

Personal Assistant of the Year

Winner: Katerina Burke  

December 2018

Christmas Day Dinner Richmond

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