Wandsworth Civic Awards
The recipients of a 2015 Civic Award were:
Inspired by her son, Venessa has created the charity A Second Voice which helps parents and guardians of children with autism through workshops, social media and group sessions and helps bring a greater awareness and understanding of autism to all sections of the community.
Antony Croker Poole
For the past 20 years Antony has organised the popular Battersea Police Ball, which is attended by 1600 people annually and has raised more than a million pounds for crime prevention projects in Battersea and Balham, and for the Battersea Summer Scheme which helps keep young people active and focussed and away from crime.
Described as a 'full-time volunteer', Alan has worked with many organisations including:
- The Boys' Brigade
- Wandsworth Community Transport
- Wandsworth Youth Liaison Panel
- Roehampton Trust
- Putney Arts Theatre
- Regenerate and
- Roehampton Festival.
He works tirelessly and is always cheerful and helpful.
Peter has been a pillar of the community for 30 years and works in schools and churches and with community groups.
He has been chairman and secretary of the Furzedown Community Network and is chairman of the Friends of Tooting Common.
Barbara was nominated for her work over the past ten years for the Ronald MacDonald House and St George's Hospital, raising money through sponsored walks and helping to support the families of sick children.
Sue has played a key role in the local neighbourhood watch movement and has been at the forefront of raising awareness of crimes against the elderly.
She continues to work with volunteer lock fitting and gardening schemes and helps protect older people against cold calling and internet crime.
She also works tirelessly on a voluntary basis for younger people through the council's Young Chef of the Year and Junior Citizen schemes.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to William J Gallagher for his 40 years of tireless work helping develop services for older people and people with disabilities in Wandsworth.
William runs the Leonard Cheshire Disability Randall Close Resource Centre and has spearheaded the Don’t Write Me Off project, run jointly with the council, which helps older and disabled people increase their confidence and achieve their life goals.
It provides specialist support and therapy including learning a new skill, getting fit or learning how to cook a healthy meal. There is also funding for walking frames and other mobility aids.