Waltham Forest recognise companies & individuals making a difference
Waltham Forest Love Your Borough Awards 2018 recognises individuals and organisations making a difference
We were therefore delighted to sponsor the Love Your Borough Awards for a third year at the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
The awards, held at Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Friday 2 March, saw inspirational individuals and organisations praised for helping to make the borough a better place to live and work.
Dedicated volunteers, exciting entrepreneurs, hard-working professionals and caring community groups all came together at the ceremony, where they received well-deserved praise.
And the winners are…
The Council received many impressive nominations for the awards, which gave the panel of judges a tough task when picking the winners.
Young Citizen of the Year - Joint winners - Abdur Raheem, Emie Emin, Halime Kamber and Lauren Smith
Abdur was selected to become a new Waltham Forest Young Advisor at the age of just 13 years old, despite suffering several serious health problems.
Emie has spent the last 12 months representing The Leaders Community through outreach projects, encouraging young people to get fit and active.
Halime arrived at Lammas School, Leyton in October 2013 with very limited English but with a sheer determination to succeed. In 2016 she achieved 7 GCSEs and has since gone on to complete her A-Levels and begin a university degree in Architecture and Design. In addition to her academic work, Halime works hard for local charities such as Salaam Peace.
Lauren has a passion for filmmaking and has been involved in the local film community. Last year she designed the programme for E17 Films’ International Film Festival and was invited to film and edit a short documentary on the unveiling of the blue plaque heritage sites of two Silent Film Studios in Wood Street; interviewing top directors, actors and local councillors.
Arts and Culture Award - Winner: Walthamstow Short Film Festival
Paul and Liza Fletcher have run the Walthamstow Short Film Festival during the E17 Arts Trail for 10 years. They attract entries from all over the world, whilst researching and promoting the history of Walthamstow’s rich film heritage.
Teacher of the Year Award - Winner: Helin Taylor-Greenfield, Leyton Sixth Form
Helin has been described as the most supportive tutor throughout, with many children calling her their 'college mum'.
Best Community or Business Cycling Initiative - Winner: Cycle Sisters
Cycle Sisters is a Walthamstow-based Muslim woman cycle group which meets for social rides every Wednesday at the Town Hall. Established by Sarah Javid, the group has led over 40 rides to locations in and around the borough.
Pride of Sports Award - Winner: Forest Crusaders Futsal Club
From under 16s Futsal, to sessions for children with a disability, and women’s-only sessions, Forest Crusaders Futsal Club offer a great fitness opportunity for the community.
Leaders Award for an individual - Winner: David King
David is a long-standing council officer who has gone above and beyond to ensure that the residents of our borough are kept safe and entertained through the licensing of many businesses.
Leaders Award for a Group - Winner: Adult Social Care
Adult Social Care provides essential support to vulnerable adults in Waltham Forest who have long- term disabilities, are frail, have a mental health or learning disability to ensure they are able to live their lives safely and well with maximum independence.
Special Leaders Award for Cultural Commitment
There are 15 people recognised for their commitment to culture within the Borough. The award was given to Mark Clack, Lucy Harrison, Leesa Herbert, Laura Kerry, Shaukat Khan, Amanda Smethurst, Hazel Durrant, Hassan Vawda, Harriet Warden, Mervin Caesar-John, Liza Fletcher, Mark Godfrey, Louise Jeffreys, Zarah Hussain and Nick Bertram.
Nurse or Nursing team of the Year - Winner: The Breast Screening Clinic at Whipps Cross
The Breast Screening Clinic at Whipps Cross hospital is an outstanding team of dedicated nurses and practitioners, who help patients and families through what can be a frightening time.
Uniformed Service Hero Award - Winner: Police Constable Sam Philpot, Chingford Police
On the 3rd June PC Sam Philpot was off duty on a sightseeing tour of London, when the London Bridge terror attack happened. Even though Sam was off duty he didn’t hesitate and rushed to the scene, at the time unaware of what was unfolding. He is commended for his bravery and humanitarian support with those injured and those who sadly lost their lives.
Best Venue for Culture and Night time Economy - Winner: The Wanstead Tap
The Wanstead Tap has become a fantastic community hub, punching way above its weight in terms of programming. Here you can find major authors, globally-known musicians, philosophers and artists, and a vast array of locally brewed beers.
Environmental Champion Award - Winner: Frances Dismore, The Stonebridge Coalition
Frances has worked hard to set up, promote and organise an environmental river clean-up group, The Stonebridge Coalition, as part of the Thames21initiative. This has led to the removal of huge amounts of rubbish, including tyres, motorcycles, supermarket trolleys and mattresses from the watercourses.
Best Business Award - Winner: Gigi's Dressing Room
Gigi has been a vintage clothing market trader for many years, moving Gigi’s Dressing Room from a thriving stall in Wood St Indoor Market to a permanent shop on Wood St only a few months ago.