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Resident Awards 2017: Inspirational community members honoured

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06-Jun-2017

A2Dominion has honoured the hard work of inspirational individuals and groups making a positive contribution to their neighbourhoods at its annual Residents Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the A2Dominion Resident Awards recognises the commitment and achievements of residents, local community groups and partners. Through their tireless work and determination, they are instrumental in creating thriving communities. This year’s ceremony was held at a special awards gala dinner on Friday 2 June at the Renaissance Hotel, Hounslow.

Dawn Wightman, A2Dominion Group Housing Director, said:

“These awards showcase the inspiring individuals and groups making a difference in their communities.

“This year’s finalists have really gone the extra mile with their volunteering and impressing the judges with their flair, tenacity and commitment. They have invested hundreds of hours of their own time in working with us to improve services, creating meaningful and innovative projects and opportunities that improve people’s lives.”

Gerry Lavelle, who won the ‘outstanding contribution to the community’ award, said:

“Winning the award means everything. I think the award for me personally is recognition for all the hard work that many people have put in over the years. It brings the club to where it is today, and for that I’m thankful.”

The award winners in full:

Volunteer of the Year: Judith Banbury-Silk (Westminster) - A retired volunteer at the Beethoven Centre for two years where she spends three hours per week at Advice Plus. She often goes above and beyond her duties by spending more time with those requiring her support and shows great patience and empathy with her numerous clients, most of whom have English as a second language.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Kerry Hector (Croydon) - Kerry’s determination and passion to improve the lives of others enabled her to launch MovieMobil, a mobile cinema for disadvantaged communities. She has since left her full time job to commit more time to the initiative which is now taking a steady flow of bookings and has also been featured on the BBC News.

Outstanding contribution: Gerry Lavelle (Chichester) - Resident at Swanfield Park Gerry has voluntarily run a boxing club for young people twice a week, reducing anti-social behaviour considerably in the area. He also helps out on numerous projects and community events.

Community Group of the Year: Orwell Close Young & Old activity club (Hillingdon) - Five 16-year-old girls and A2Dominion resident Pat Terry run the social club for isolated older people, which offers healthy breakfasts, interactive quizzes, games and activities. The girls have been hugely proactive in raising funds, so far securing £700.

Project of the Year: Tutoring Young Residents (Southall) - The project trains university students to tutor English and Maths to year five and year six children who are preparing to take their SATs. In the second year of operating in the Havelock Centre, demand for classes has grown, driving up the attainment levels of students.

Partner of the Year: Agein with Attitude (Gill Rae) Stanwell - Gill runs the Stanwell Let’s Get Moving Class and Bingo sessions, improving the health and wellbeing of residents over 50. She also organises day trips and free transport to our residents.

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Press office contact

Rob Ince

Press and PR Officer

A2Dominion Group

Tel: 020 8825 1661

Vaneesha Parekh

Communications Coordinator

A2Dominion Group

Tel: 020 8825 1577

Notes to Editors

A2Dominion is a residential property group with 36,000 homes across London and the south east, and thousands more in the development pipeline.

The Group provides affordable, private and social rented homes, student, key worker and temporary accommodation, as well as supported and sheltered housing.

It also offers high-quality sustainable homes for sale and shared ownership, available through its FABRICA by A2Dominion brand.

The Group has a unique approach to housebuilding, generating profits for a social purpose instead of for shareholders, with millions of pounds reinvested each year into building much-needed affordable homes and supporting local communities.

A2Dominion is part of the g15, a group of the largest housing providers in London.

Visit www.a2dominion.co.uk.

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