Civic Awards for community champions

Published: 14 November 2018

The people who selflessly give up their time to help the Wandsworth community were recognised at a special awards ceremony at the Civic Suite last night.

Community champions who contribute to Wandsworth life with their work across the borough were presented with seven 2018 Wandsworth Civic Awards.

And a special posthumous award was also given to the daughter of Judith Lawton, an artist and illustrator who sadly died very recently but was instrumental in the success of the Summerstown182, Stripes of Peace project as well as other community work.

The Mayor of Wandsworth hosts the annual award ceremony to shine a spotlight on residents who aspire to help others and whose efforts often go unsung in supporting local charities and strengthening their local neighbourhoods.

Wandsworth Mayor, Cllr Piers McCausland, said: “The Civic Awards give us the opportunity to recognise the many community champions that work so tirelessly all around the borough - those people who give so much to Wandsworth and often for so little in return.

“All of us in Wandsworth are deeply grateful to each and every one of our winners.”

The recipients of a 2018 Civic Award were:

Trevor Grubb:

Trevor Grubb has devoted many years to working with disadvantaged young people throughout Wandsworth.

As a volunteer with the Wandsworth Youth Offending Team for more than 16 years Trevor has worked with literally hundreds of young people - aged between 10 and 17 - helping to improve their lives.

He has made an immense contribution to making Wandsworth a safer and better place to live and work and has shown incredible commitment in supporting young people who really need help the most.

Teresa Reeve:

For 25 years Teresa has given up her free time as an unpaid volunteer to work for the Work and Play Scrapstore - a charity who provide arts and crafts materials for schools, nurseries, charities and other community organisations.

She supports and helps train new volunteers and has been a guiding light for the charity that is so reliant on its volunteers .

Teresa is someone who has been described as prepared to do anything that’s required; no job is too small for her and it’s always done with a smile.

Steve Whitmore:

Steve has been volunteering in Wandsworth now for more than 28 years.

As a Special Constable for the Metropolitan Police Service he founded ‘Books in the Nick’ which provides free books for young people in custody that they are allowed to keep.

This project has so far provided 8,000 books to all of the Met's 43 custody suites - including 500 books in Wandsworth alone.

For some of these young people, who can often spend up to 11 hours in custody, it is the first book they have ever owned.

Lilias Gillies:

Lilias has been the driving force behind the Wandsworth Older People's Forum and Network for more than two decades.

Her determination to both listen to older people and then to articulate their needs to local decision makers is indomitable, and she is widely known as embodying the Voice of Older People.

Lilias works incredibly hard to ensure older people in Wandsworth are properly represented, continues to take on new challenges and remains committed on doing the best she can for Wandsworth's older residents.

Ayan Yusuf:

As an active member of the Wandsworth community since the early 2000s, Ayan has worked for many years with the Association of Somali Women and Children.

This year she organised a successful multi-faith and cultural Iftar Event in Wandsworth, bringing lots of people together from all walks of life.

In her work she strives to help solve problems for Somalian women and their children, including providing support to families with children who have autism.

Ayan puts a huge amount of effort into everything she does for Wandsworth and is a popular and inspirational community leader.

Georgina Ivor:

Georgina has been a resident of Balham since 1984 and over the last 30 years has made a huge contribution to the area.

She became aware of the problems facing local businesses, leading her to join the Balham Town Centre Partnership. Georgina used her knowledge, skills and lobbying powers to promote Balham and the Partnership Board, culminating in the successful application to the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund.

Under her watch the area has undergone massive regeneration which has turned Balham into one of the most desirable places to live in London.

Wandsworth Shopmobility volunteers:

Shopmobility is an outstanding charity that makes a huge difference to the Wandsworth community.

It loans wheelchairs and electric scooters to people with mobility problems, and also runs a dedicated door-to-door shopping shuttle to get its members to and from Wandsworth Town Centre.

The volunteers help passengers on and off the minibuses, push them around in their wheelchairs and carry their shopping. But they also give a lot more. Many Shopmobility passengers are socially isolated and lonely, and get tremendous benefit from having a regular volunteer to help them get out and about, become their friend and listen to their problems.

Judith Lawton:

Judith Lawton worked for many years with lots of different charities and community groups across the borough and beyond, selflessly giving up her time to make Wandsworth a better place.

Her involvement in the Summerstown182 community history project took the concepts of 'remembrance' and 'commemoration' to a new audience, interpreting them in an imaginative and creative way, capturing the interest of many across the local community.

Her work, including 'Stripes of Peace'; an illustrated 'trail map' and a stunning 1914-1918 timeline, are permanent and poignant reminders of her contribution to the project.

Her award was collected on her behalf by her daughter Eleanor. 

Watch videos of all the winners: 

The full list of shortlisted nominees is as follows:

· Charles Crosthwaite

· Donna Barham

· Delroy Bryant

· Paul Dong

· Lilias Gillies

· Pauline Griffith

· Trevor Grubb

· Marcia Hoyte

· Georgina Ivor

· Judith Lawton

· Antony Lewis-Crosby

· Janet Montgomery

· Tina Penfold

· Teresa Reeve

· Kerena Richards

· Kathy Sellwood

· Grace Sotinrin

· Dawn Thomas

· Steve Whitmore

· Ayan Yusuf

· Shopmobility Volunteers