Sanctuary Housing celebrated its first Hackney Community awards ceremony to recognise our hard working residents, individuals and groups in the community.
Tony Gouveia, associate director for Immediate Theatre, proudly presented Kieran Hart with the Young Volunteer award. Ron Newman was also presented with the Community Spirit award, presented by Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Hackney Homes and Regeneration Estates, Councillor Glanville.
A special award for outstanding contribution to the community was given to Cissy Brine, aged 98, for her dedication and work in setting up and running a popular over 50s club in the community.
Other categories at the event were Good Neighbour; Green Hero; Outstanding Achievement; Partnership; and Contribution to Sport.
Lloyd Boateng, winner of the Contribution to Sport award and managing director at Born 4 Sport, said: “I am honoured to have received the Contribution to Sport award at Sanctuary’s Hackney Community Awards.
“It was an inspiring evening. Everyone had fun celebrating the great work going on and the support from Sanctuary and the community has been amazing. I am excited about what the future holds for Born 4 Sport.”
The red carpet themed ceremony included performances from local residents, two of which were winner of the 2013 Alter Ego talent competition, 18 year old singer Emily Grace, and an explosive capoeira display from Angola Palmares group, which features Brazilian martial arts, dance and song.
During the event guests enjoyed comedy from the very talented Kat B and were treated to a tasty, locally sourced buffet from Social Kitchen. At the end of the evening Olympic magic was in the air when Haggerston Olympic torchbearer, Christiana Egere, brought in her Olympic torch for residents to hold.
Residents were given the opportunity to nominate residents, individuals and groups for the community awards during December and January. Sanctuary Housing received dozens of nominations with the most popular categories being contribution to sport and community spirit. Winners of the awards were chosen by community representatives.