An Oscars-themed celebration saw six award winners scoop trophies at Sanctuary Housing’s second Hackney Community awards.
Presented by local MTV Base presenter and DJ, Kat B, the ceremony at Chats Palace celebrated the hard work and commitment of individuals and groups who work tirelessly within their communities in Hackney.
Richard Ntaka was presented with the Partnership award for his dedication in arranging a street party to launch play sessions on the Old Kingshold estate.
For dedication in establishing and involving residents in the creation of a thriving community garden, Cedric Hall and Madiba Gardens were awarded the Green Hero accolade.
The Young Volunteer award was presented to all members of the Concorde Youth Board for working as a team to support Concorde Youth Club’s activities and delivering showcase events to bring the community together.
Also at the event, Reverend Angie Melaniphy presented a posthumous Good Neighbour award to the family of the late Valerie Forde. Valerie was recognised for her unwavering commitment to supporting the community, especially on the Kingsmead estate.
Other categories at the event included Contribution to Sport and Community Spirit awards.
Councillor Philip Glanville, guest and presenter of the Partnership Award, said: “It was a great pleasure to attend and present an award at the ceremony. There was a vibrant atmosphere which reiterated the fantastic community spirit there is in Hackney.
“Congratulations to all nominees and winners and to Sanctuary Housing for organising another great community event and showcasing the difference that housing associations can make when they are so committed to working with local people.”
The red carpet themed ceremony included entertainment from local after-school performing arts club New Starz and local singer La Braya.
Jo Revett, Sanctuary’s partnerships manager, said: “It was fantastic to have everyone together in one room to celebrate the hard work and achievements in Hackney over the past year. The evening was a thank you not only to our wonderful winners, but to everyone who has given something back to their community.”
Residents were given the opportunity to nominate their community heroes during January. Winners of the awards were chosen by a panel of judges including Councillor Philip Glanville, James Simpson, Hackney Council’s housing partnerships lead officer and Lauren Tobias, director of Volunteer Centre Hackney.
This event was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.