Tenant / Leaseholder of the year – Abdoulie Jah and Adele Brooksbank
The award was given jointly to Abdoulie and Adele for the work they do in their respective communities. Abdoulie is a fantastic role model for the Hyson Green community, through his work he is bringing different and diverse groups together. Adele is an outstanding member of the Bulwell Forest Gardens community – running training courses that she delivers to local school children and members of the community.
Outstanding achievement in learning or self-development – Sarita-Marie Rehman-Wall
Sarita has been an active member of her local Highbury Vale Tenants and Residents’ Association for many years, supporting her local neighbourhood with fundraising, grant applications, event organising and lots more. To give her the skills to do this she has done countless training courses which she uses to help members of her community. This has also seen Sarita become a valued member of the NCH Board.
Good neighbour award – Duncan Patrick
Duncan won the award for all the support he provides to his neighbour Mavis. He helps her with shopping, does her washing and ironing, cooks her meals and even visited her when she was unwell in hospital. As Mavis says: ‘If only there were more people like Duncan around the world, it would be a better place to live!”
Community group of the year – Green’s Mill Community Garden
Green’s Mill Community Gardeners have transformed two overgrown allotments into a beautiful community garden. They maintain the garden and help run a variety of events for the public, including summer and autumn fairs. It’s also an educational garden that’s open five days a week for the benefit of the community, as well as a place that’s being increasingly used to host special events and fairs.
Best community event – Broxtowe Community Club
Broxtowe Community Club won the award for the ‘New year from around the world’ community event that they held in January. The event included a wide range of exciting and diverse activities from wood carvings and henna work to boxing and bouncy castles – as well as different cuisines from around the world.
Best green initiative – Windmill Community Garden
This community garden won the award for the way it is teaching members of the community to grow produce in a sustainable way. The garden is open to all, and works with people of many nationalities as well as supporting people with physical or mental health problems as well as helping those who are isolated to make friends.
Best youth initiative – Switch Up
Switch Up has been operating in the Meadows for almost four years. They use sport to engage with disadvantaged young people, with multiple complex barriers. Through mentoring and support they make sure each young person is able to meet their full potential.
Best older person’s initiative – The residents of Mariner Court
Mariner Court is one of Nottingham City Homes’ Independent Living Schemes in Bulwell. Over the last two years the Mariner Court residents have really come together as a community. They socialise together, go on organised trips, arrange games afternoons and bingo nights as well as enjoying ‘Fish and Chip Fridays’ and coffee mornings.
Sporting achievement award – STOP TRA
STOP TRA won the award for the mixture of sports and leisure activities that they run on their local King Edwards park, and their work with the police helping to keep children out of trouble through the use of sport.
Equality and diversity award – Tasty Tuesdays
Tasty Tuesdays is a unique project which brings together all of the community and provides a free hot meal suitable for all nationalities, cultures and faiths.
Residents who might ordinarily not meet one another are able to come together in an informal setting, have a meal and learn more about each other’s lives and cultural differences/similarities.
Community safety award – ACE Inspectors
The Achieving Customer Excellence (ACE) Inspectors won the award for the checking and monitoring work they do on our estates – helping to make sure that our homes and neighbourhoods are great places to live.