Our inspirational Southwark Stars!

Our inspirational Southwark Stars!
D'Eynesford TMO Community Group of the Year
By
Jo Palmer

Some of Southwark's most  inspirational volunteers and organisations were honoured on Friday night at our Community Southwark 2018 #SouthwarkStars Awards Night.

The event was for the second time held at the Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, a really wonderful space. It recognised some outstanding people in ten specific categories and awarded over 65 certificates to Southwark's incredible volunteers who have contributed 100 hours or more in the last year.

The evening began with a welcome address from our Chief Executive Gordon McCullough and 

Jane Wells, Tate Exchange's Programme Manager. They then handed over to our MC for the evening for the ceremonies to begin. Our MC this year was presenter, singer & former Southwark resident MC Count Indigo. Count Indigo did a fantastic job of guiding us through the evening's events with great flair and humour. We were also honoured to have Councillor Catherine Rose, Mayor of Southwark, who joined us to present all of the awards to the winners.

One of the most prestigious awards, 'Keib Thomas Active Citizen of the Year ', went to Mark Webb. Mark works closely with the Metropolitan Police on community safety issues and now serves as Chair of the Camberwell Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team Ward Panel. He launched a successful local anti-knife crime campaign to make all Camberwell traders aware of knife sales to minors and continues to campaign to curb the sale of acid in local shops. He has provided free police approved self-defence and personal safety training for women and girls across Southwark for the last 16 years. Mark was also a finalist for the Metropolitan Police Citizen of the Year Award 2017 and in May he received the Freedom of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell at Southwark Cathedral. 

Madhumita Bose, Artist and widow of Keib Thomas, presented the award. Mark gave an emotinal thank you and talked about the devastating effect of knife crime on young people in the borough and how we all need to work with young people to prevent and ultimately stop knife crime.

Charity of the Year went to Kairos Community Trust. Kairos Community Trust are dedicated to helping homeless men and women with drug and alcohol problems through their detox and rehab programmes and network of 29 supported Move-on houses, most of which are in south London. Mossie Lyons, Director, collected the award and talked about his passion for the work of Kairos Comunity Trust and how proud he was of all of the staff and clients and of his great love for Southwark.

Disabled People's Champion of the Year went to John McElmeel, a Volunteer Support 

Worker with Bede House. John has overcome his own physical disability to help adults with learning disabilities achieve their goal in computer work and allotment vegetable growing as part of the Bede team. Oonagh Smyth, Executive Director of Strategy and Influence at Mencap, presented the award.

Young Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Anne O'Shea. Anne is a Coffee Morning Volunteer with Depaul. Depaul helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged. Satu Ojanen, Dapaul's Get Volunteering Coordinator, said of Anne:

"Ann brings laughter and great music choices to the Coffee Room and is always ready to step in, when help is needed, We would not be able to provide such a great service for young people, visitors and staff without Ann’s hard work!"

Older Volunteer of the Year went to Marthy Bonnerjea. Marthy is an Emergency department volunteer and Haematology Ward Befriender at Kings College Hospital.

Community Group of the Year went to D’EYNSFORD TMO Community Interest Company and Best Cooporate Partnership went to Age UK Lewisham and Southwark and Pool Re-insurance

This year we had a Positive Contribution to Wellbeing Award in memory of Michael Cleere.

Micheal had been our #Southwark Stars MC for the past four years before he very sadly passed away this year. Michael is greatly missed. The award went to Tom Seery , a Welcome Shuttle and Lunch Club for Older People Volunteer at Pembroke House.

Other winners of the night were:

Katherine St John-Brooks , Chair of Trustees at Link Age Southwark, won Trustee of the Year. Volunteer Coordinator of the year was jointly awarded to Jacqui Hobson and Jenny Wales who are both Volunteer Coordinators with Foodcycle.

Plus other individual winners were: Daniel Lul, who won a Highly commended award for Disabled People’s Champion of the Year. Daniel is a Community Volunteer Project Coordinator with Latin American Disabled Peoplle's Project (LADPP). Flora Van Trotsenburg  was awarded Highly Commended Young Volunteer of the Year for her dedication as a Volunteer Steward at The Globe .

Lastly, and most certainly not least, the Outstanding Contribution to Southwark award was given to Gaby Charing. Gaby is a volunteer on the Healthwatch Southwark Advisory Group and also the founder member and past Chair of the Southwark LGBT Network and well as previously being a volunteer for: Southwark CCG's Dulwich Programme Sub-Committee, Our Healthier SE London, SE London Cancer Alliance Board. Plus several patient voice roles at both Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s hospital trust.

Stephen Whittle, Chair of Healthwatch Southwark, says of Gaby, "Gaby is a strong advocate for the voice of patients and minority communities and helps hold the variety of health and social care providers in the borough to account. We are nominating her because of her commitment across such a range of complex fora and because of her continued dedication whilst unwell herself." 

Another highlight of the evening was the performers from the South London Jazz  Orchestra who provided excellent entertainment while people were arriving and mingleing over some very tasty refrehments. 

It was a truly fantastic and humbling evening. A big thank you to the Tate Exchange for hosting the event and a huge thank you to all our presenters and award winners.

Photos from the night!

Photos from the night can be found on our Imgur account!

The link can be found here:

https://imgur.com/a/3apFoO8