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An awards ceremony to recognise their contributions and achievements.

Peabody’s volunteers are vital to what we do, and we honoured them last month with an awards ceremony at City Hall.

“We are truly inspired by the achievements of our volunteers and that’s why we want to keep celebrating our unsung heroes," says Yolanda Sissing, Volunteer Manager. 

"This year’s winners are worthy recipients and have demonstrated that a little bit of time can go a long way towards making a difference. To all our volunteers we’d like to say thank you for the enormous amount of dedication you’ve shown assisting staff and residents."

The winners were as follows:

Young Leaders Award 

Eugenie Marfo and Christine Kossa won this award for their work on the Free Minds campaign, which raises awareness of mental health issues in young people.

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Christine (left) and Eugenie (right) receive their award from Marilyn Hendleman of Clifford Chance

Significant Personal Achievement Award 

Clara Djondo began volunteering with Peabody to gain experience in the housing sector after losing her job in the financial services industry. She has worked in various teams, including community services, community safety, accounts and fundraising.

Change in the Community Award 

Hywel Bevan has been volunteering on Peabody’s befriending scheme for more than three years, providing much needed company to an isolated older person. 

Outstanding Contribution Award 

Colin Croasdale provides admin and reception support at the Gateway and Pembury Centres and to the neighbourhood team. He regularly goes above and beyond his role and has made a huge impact on our work.

Colin (right) receives his award from Russell Darbon of the Big Lottery Fund

Management Committee of the Year Award 

Bright Beginnings are a group of women who have injected new life into the Leander Community Centre, organising exercise classes, community outings, youth activities and employment advice.

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Bright Beginnings

Volunteer of the Year Award 

Daisy Dublin started volunteering as part of Peabody’s Olympic Hackney Host Project, moving on to become a volunteer tutor on our Net Worx computer training project. She is very active in her local community in Hackney, chairing several charitable organisations.

Daisy receives her award from London Assembly member Tom Copley