Celebrating our volunteers.

The awards recognise Peabody volunteers or volunteer groups who have made a fantastic contribution to our communities. This can be through supporting our residents and the local community, or by overcoming personal challenges.

The winners

Khalisa

Young Leaders Award: Khalisa Fakira

Khalisa has volunteered across CBHA’s youth services for the past three years, giving up her time to support a number of projects including summer programmes, open days and photography workshops.

Khalisa has successfully gained employment as a Youth Development Apprentice yet continues to use her spare time to volunteer delivering workshops to her peers.

Kate

Significant Personal Achievement Award: Kate Jones

Kate approached Trust Thamesmead five years ago with the dream of starting a community drama group.

With support from the Trust, Kate began running drama classes for children and later for adults. She has also:

  • Delivered drama sessions for a number of Thamesmead-based organisations
  • Written, produced and directed two Christmas plays and a summer show, starring budding actors from Thamesmead

These are fantastic achievements for any volunteer, but they take on a special significance because Kate has Fibromyalgia, which means she is sometimes unable to undertake physical activity. 

She has contributed so much to her community despite her illness. So she really deserves recognition for the efforts she has put in over the past five years.

Abu

Change in the Community Award: Abu Bah

Abu has taken on the role of Health and Wellbeing Link Volunteer. His work has included:

  • Helping to carry out a Thamesmead-wide audit and supporting Royal Society for Public Health training
  • Volunteering extensively in the health and wellbeing delivery
  • Linking faith groups into the Healthy Greenwich programme
  • Advocating the Health Trainer service
  • Setting up training courses in the faith communities
Outstanding Contribution Award: Carole Wright

Carole has had an incredible impact on Blackfriars Estate. Carole has supported residents to voice their neighbourhood-related concerns and helped to set up activities to benefit the community.

Utilising her background in community arts and managing environmental projects, Carol’s impact has been far-reaching. She has been involved in setting up and coordinating:

  • The garden space at the estate
  • Bee keeping
  • Consultation and community events including Peabody 150 celebrations and a community feast at Tate Modern

West Dulwich

Volunteer Group or Management Committee of the Year Award: West Dulwich Management Committee

Formed eight years ago, the committee has organised a wealth of activities for their local community.

Some of their achievements for 2014 include:

  • Running a youth summer programme, including coordinating activities, engaging with young people and running cooking clubs
  • Offering community meals for older people
  • Running a local history project
  • Actively campaigning for a bus service for Peabody Hill, which looks set to start next year

Mick

Volunteer of the Year Award: Mick Walsh

Mick Walsh was nominated because of his commitment and the technical knowledge and skills he shares willingly with others

Mick volunteers each morning running the IT room at Strawberry Vale, sharing his considerable IT technical skills with those that need help.

He has also covered reception when the administrator was sick or on holiday, to ensure the centre could stay open and function smoothly.

Mick's fantastic contribution to the community has been done against the background of regular hospital treatment. 

He has become a role model for others and has made a tremendous contribution to community life on the estate.