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Sustainable City Awards 2022: Voluntary and community sector

 

Nominations are closed for London’s Community Changemakers, and the Samantha Heath Award for Individual Changemaker of the Year.

 

The Sustainable City Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the voluntary and community sector individuals and organisations who are working to improve the way we live in London by using their voice, mobilising others, and/or taking action to create sustainable, systemic change in their community.

 

Awards shortlist has been announced below, and winners announced at the ceremony on 11th May

The Samantha Heath Award for Changemaker of the Year

Rebeka Clark

Rebeka is the Senior Project Officer for The Conservation Volunteers and Site Manager at Stave Hill Ecological Park, where her main objective is to create a place for people and wildlife where both thrive. She has made Stave Hill Ecology Park a place for kids to build dens, find frogs and muck about in chalk streams; a place where people get involved or sit on a bench watching dragonflies whizz past; a space where the noisy demanding urban jungle is blocked by a big green wall.

Rachel Ledwith

Rachel is the Head of Community Engagement for The Felix Project, a London-based food redistribution charity set up in 2016 to tackle food poverty and waste. They rescue good, surplus food from the food industry and sort and deliver to approximately 1,000 front-line charities, primary schools and holiday programmes in London.

Clare Searle

In a volunteer capacity, Clare leads Greener and Cleaner’s strategic initiatives, collaborating with members, key stakeholders and organisations to bring positive environmental change in line with the charity’s objectives.

Neil Sheppeck

Neil has committed himself tirelessly to environmentally focused projects which give residents a direct role in envisaging and shaping the future of their communities. He leads the ‘What If Lambeth?’ project; providing workshops imagining a fair, sustainable Lambeth 2030. He also leads Beyond Politics and represented local environmental groups on Lambeth’s 2021 Citizen’s Assembly Steering Group.

The Samantha Heath Award for Changemaker of the Year application criteria

Who can apply?

A volunteer or employee of any constituted voluntary or community group/organisation serving residents of one or more of London’s 33 Boroughs

 

What will the winner receive?

The winner of the Samantha Heath Award for Changemaker of the Year will receive £2,500 towards their own voluntary/community group to continue their sustainable activities, or towards another charitable cause of their choosing.

 

What are we looking for?

A volunteer or employee who 

  • creates innovative, sustainable solutions that benefit the wellbeing of their community and environment;
  • promotes inclusion and sparks collective action among others in their community (particularly those from marginalised groups); and 
  • strives for structural environmental and social change through their work that impacts on the wider system.

 

The Samantha Heath Award is celebrated in memory of Samantha Heath, former Chief Executive of London Sustainability Exchange and coordinator of the Awards until 2019, to honor the outstanding contribution she made to making London a more sustainable city.

Community Changemakers of the Year

Bikeworks CIC

Bikeworks believe everyone should have access to cycling, for leisure, exercise, travel and wellbeing. They exist as a community-evolved social enterprise to increase physical activity, wellbeing (mental & economic) and connectivity (people, place and travel). During the pandemic they also stepped up, transforming ourselves as an emergency cycle delivery service, supporting community groups and the NHS, to deliver food, essential items and testing kits.

Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society

Lifeafterhummus’ 50 local volunteers collect surplus food from 45 local stores every week to support the needs of Somers Town’s local community, currently serving 80 local households and over 125 children living in poverty, and redistributing surplus food to 11 local hostels, 1 after-school club and 1 church group – all thanks to their volunteers! They also provide referrals for debt advice, grants, care navigation, welfare rights, domestic violence and whatever support is requested working alongside local partners and the council.

Made in Hackney

Made In Hackney is a plant-based community cookery school and food support service that provides critical nourishment and inspiring food educational experiences in culturally diverse, planet friendly food. Their work tackles health inequalities, the climate crisis and brings communities together through celebratory and exploratory food events.

The Restart Project

The Restart Project is a people-powered social enterprise that aims to fix our relationship with electronics. They bring people together to share skills and gain the confidence to open up their electronics, repair their broken devices and to talk about the wider issue of what kind of products they want.

 Community Changemakers of the Year application criteria

Who can apply?

Any constituted voluntary or community group/organisation serving residents of one or more of London’s 33 Boroughs

 

What will the winner receive?

The winner of the Community Changemakers of the Year will receive £2,500 funding towards the costs of continuing their sustainable activities

 

What are we looking for?

A voluntary/community group or organisation that

  • creates innovative, sustainable solutions that benefit the wellbeing of their community and environment;
  • promotes inclusion and sparks collective action among their beneficiaries, partners or funders, or others in their community (particularly those from marginalised groups); and 
  • strives for structural environmental and social change through their work that impacts on the wider system.

Process

 

1. Nominations now closed

2. Nominated individuals/organisations will be contacted for supporting information

3. Shortlisted candidates notified - 19th April

4. Candidates will be invited to attend the online awards ceremony on Wednesday 11 May

Judges

Trailblazing London Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation/Group of the year 2021

Winner: May Project Gardens

 

May Project Gardens won the 2021 award for working with marginalised urban communities in Morden to address poverty, disempowerment and access to resources and influence.

 

Highly Commended:

  • SELCE
    Sustainable Merton
    The Restart Project
    MindFood Project

The Samantha Heath Award for Individual Voluntary and Community Sector "Changemaker" of the year 2021

Winner: Carolyn Axtell

 

Carolyn Axtell, Grassroots Community Organiser and founder of a flagship social enterprise that empowered hundreds of women from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities through cycling.

 

Highly Commended:

  • Parisa Wright: Greener and Cleaner - Bromley and Beyond
    Livia LaCamera: Greenwich Co-Operative Development Trust
    Leyla Laksari: Living Under One Sun

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