Hackney’s community heroes who go the extra mile for the benefit of others have been celebrated for their achievements.
Hundreds of people attended Sanctuary Housing’s Hackney Community Awards at the Yard Theatre on Friday.
Hosted by local celebrity and MTV Base presenter Kat B, the evening shone a light on residents and community groups who make a difference to their neighbourhoods, with six awards handed out.
Filmmaker Derek Smith won the Tony Gouveia Spotlight Award for his photographic and video exhibition celebrating the cultural heritage on the Gascoyne estate, which saw him work with the Gascoyne and Morningside Youth Club to interview local residents.
Derek has also created a documentary and exhibition called “The Golden Age of Social Housing – Life on the Gascoyne Estate”, which was recently displayed at the Hackney Museum.
Michelle Dornelly was named Wellbeing Champion in recognition of her efforts to keep children away from antisocial behaviour and potential gang violence by showing them how to lead healthy lifestyles.
Michelle has established an activity club on the Morningside Estate called Jumping Beans, which teaches children how to cook and encourages them to participate in sports such as tag rugby and football.
Kingsmead resident Patti Bee scooped the Valerie Forde Good Neighbour Award for her years of work with the Kingsmead Residents Association.
A group of young people aged 10 to 14 from Morningside Luxurious Treatz won the Young Leader Award after setting up and running their own business at Well Street Teen Market.
The Green Hero Award went to Sanctuary resident Sarah Watt for creating two community gardens in Kingsmead, which have led to gardening workshops for people of all ages.
Environmental education charity ecoACTIVE claimed the Community Empowerment Award for their work in schools promoting healthy lifestyles through activities such as gardening.
Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, said: “It was a pleasure to attend the awards ceremony, support Sanctuary and celebrate the achievements of so many Hackney residents. Their efforts in making Hackney a diverse and vibrant place to live should be an inspiration to everyone.”
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “These awards promote all that is good about Hackney and are an opportunity to highlight the incredible work being carried out by the amazing people who live in our neighbourhoods.
“This is the fourth year we have held this celebration and I am sure there will be many more to come.”