Awards recognise community achievements
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Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock with young Hazel Grove resident, Aiesha Morris
The Hazel Grove estate in Sydenham was the big winner at the 2013 Lewisham Homes Resident Involver Awards and Conference. Around 100 Lewisham Homes’ residents, staff and special guests attended the ‘Be Part of Something Special’ event held at the Civic Suite, on Saturday 9 March.
Hazel Grove won ‘Most Creative Community Project’ for their intergenerational film documentary that charts the personal histories of the residents through interviews, music and dance. Aiesha Morris, aged 14, also from Hazel Grove, won the ‘Young Champion’ award for mentoring and coaching the young residents who took part in the film. Nominees were selected by residents in advance and winners were chosen by residents voting on the day.
The Special Achievement award went to Ron White, aged 85, of Milford Towers, Catford for a lifetime of service to the community. Since the early 1970s Ron has been active member of the local Tenant Resident Association (TRA) as an ambassador and activist for the estate.
Ron is dedicated to the community and has worked tirelessly with local stakeholders to improve his local area. After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd as he collected his award from Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, Ron said “I don’t deserve this award. Working in the community is a job I enjoy doing. I don’t need all this attention at my age!”
Lewisham Mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, said “It was inspiring to see the passion and dedication that Lewisham Homes’ residents have for their local communities. Through the Involver Awards, I am delighted to see their hard work receive the recognition it deserves and for residents to showcase how being involved can make a positive difference to where they live.”
The event also featured resident led workshops and a live dance performance by Street Dance Deptford.
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Notes to editors
- Most Creative Community Project - Hazel Grove Intergenerational Project
Funded by the Lewisham Homes Resident Business Plan. Using the skills and knowledge residents of all ages, the project demonstrated a positive example of understanding and team work across generations.
- Young Champion - Aiesha Morris, aged 14, Hazel Grove
Aiesha participated in Hazel Grove film project which featured residents of all ages in the estate. She mentored the younger members of the project, particularly helping them to remember their lines and dance routines for the final film premiere performance. Her creative side also shone through by creating newsletters to encourage participation in the project and impressed the judges with her talent for singing and dancing.
- Special Achievement winner - Ron White, aged 85, Milford Towers
- Best Partnership - Imagine Create Express (ICE)
ICE worked with Honor Oak and Hazel Grove TRAs to deliver two film projects including the Hazel Grove Intergenerational Project and the Honor Oak ‘Who am I?’ which documented young peoples’ life experiences growing up in the area. ICE built strong, productive and positive working relationships with the local community as well as a variety of local stakeholders
Lewisham Homes is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) set up by Lewisham Council in January 2007 to manage, maintain and improve its council houses and estates. It is a private non-profit company of which the Council is the sole shareholder.The Residents Conference and Awards was held on the 9 March 2013. Funded and supported by the Lewisham Tenants’ Fund and Major Works contractors Breyer Group and MITIE plc. All award winners were chosen by residents attending the conference on the day.