Published:  03:28 PM, 24 March 2022

Tower Hamlets Civic Awards say thank you to 18 community champions

Tower Hamlets Civic Awards say thank you to 18 community champions

A bumper crop of 18 local heroes have been recognised for their dedication and contribution to the borough in the Tower Hamlets Civic Awards.

The awards, which were held at St George’s Town Hall in Shadwell on 24 February, were open to people who live, work or study in the borough and who help to improve the quality of life for others.

The nominations opened at the end of last year and the winners were chosen by a cross party panel, chaired by the Speaker of the Council, and including representatives from the wider community.

The Speaker of the Council, Councillor Mohammed Ahbab Hossain, said:

“I was delighted to thank our latest worthy recipients of the borough’s Civic Awards. Each of them has gone beyond the call of duty and their usual roles to make a real and lasting difference to their communities.

“Many of the achievements relate to the fantastic efforts of people supporting their neighbours through the difficult days of the pandemic, especially providing a crucial lifeline to our vulnerable and isolated residents.

“We have also been able to award others who have given up their time over many years and who still continue to play an active and supporting role across our borough.”

There will be future case studies giving a more detailed focus on some of the achievements of the winners and the roles that they play in their local communities. 

Among the reasons the awards were given are:

  • supporting vulnerable people during the pandemic including delivering shopping and other essential items
  • championing older people and supporting them to stay active and involved
  • supporting local people to gain new skills and qualifications
  • creating and running local book and park groups
  • supporting homeless people and victims of domestic abuse
  • encouraging more young people to take up sports and other positive activities
  • outstanding volunteering at Covid-19 vaccination centres
  • creating a local mental health music charity.

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