Love Your Borough awards 2017

23 November 2016

The winners for the council’s eighth Love Your Borough awards 2017 have been decided.

The annual awards give the council the opportunity to celebrate the work that residents, groups, businesses, charities and the Emergency Services do to improve the physical environment and quality of life for everyone in Waltham Forest.

Whether it’s a local residents’ association that has spruced up streets, a sports coach who gives over their free time to get children involved in sports, a young person who helps others or someone who helps make our borough safer - we want them to be celebrated.

The winners of the awards were announced at the awards ceremony on 12 May.

The 2017 award categories

Citizen of the Year Award

2017 sponsors NSL Services and Urbaser

The Citizen of the Year Award will go to an individual who goes out of their way to make a significant difference in the borough. This could include someone who has gone the extra mile to assist their neighbours in times of need or crisis; who has demonstrated courage and bravery or who goes out of their way to care for and help disadvantaged residents. They may have set up a particular project or initiative to make the borough cleaner and greener or reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, or worked to promote equality and eliminate discrimination.

The winner for Citizen of the Year Award was:

  • Katherine Foreman

Uniformed Service Hero Award

2017 sponsors Marstons and Medigold Health

The Uniformed Service Hero Award will go to a person working within the emergency services or the armed forces who has gone above and beyond the course of their paid duties or voluntary work. They will have provided exceptional service and demonstrated outstanding dedication to their work. This award winner will be someone who embodies civic pride and has gone that ‘extra mile’ to make a difference to their community, neighbourhood and Waltham Forest as a whole. This could be a member of the armed forces, a local police officer, PCSO, fire-fighter, nurse or a member of the ambulance service – or it could be any member of the armed forces that lives in Waltham Forest and has been in active duty over the last 5 years or is currently serving.

The winner for the Uniformed Service Hero Award was:

  • London Fire Brigade - Leytonstone Green Watch

Volunteer Group or individual of the Year Award

2017 sponsors GLL

The award is for the outstanding groups/individuals of volunteers who have worked together to make a positive impact in their community. It could be a not for profit organisation or project doing something within the arts or culture section, giving back to the community.

The winner for Volunteer Group or Individual of the Year Award was:

  • Stephen Vitkovitch

Improving Your Neighbourhood Award

2017 sponsors TBA

An individual, group or business that works within their area to improve the environment; helping make the borough cleaner and greener; improving streets, parks or open spaces; reducing litter, fly-tipping and graffiti. This could include taking pride in their garden, organising litter-picks and clean-ups, taking ownership of an orphan site, adopting a flowerbed or someone that has made a significant contribution to protecting our environment and reducing climate change.

The winner for Improving Your Neighbourhood Award was:

  • Olly Price

Sports Inspiration Award

2017 sponsors NPS Group

This Award will be won by an individual or group that has achieved some sporting success or encouraged others to get involved in sporting activities. It could be someone who has represented their borough in sports or who dedicates their own time to coaching or organising sports events for people of all ages. The winner may promote and develop sporting initiatives in the community, volunteer or work with young people to get them involved in sport, or raise the profile of sport within Waltham Forest.

The winner for the Sports Inspiration Award was:

  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder football club

Arts and Culture Award

2017 sponsors CDS

The Arts and Culture Award will be presented to an individual or group that is involved in, or actively encourages others in the community to participate in, creative arts projects. They could be involved in anything from art, dance, music, museums, heritage and cultural events. It may go to an individual actor, dancer, musician or writer – or the winner could be someone who promotes art classes for people with disabilities. They may be a group that has contributed to raising the profile of the arts in the borough, celebrates young people’s arts achievements, or actively encourages hard to reach communities or groups to participate in an activity such as dance or music. This will be for someone that brings real credit to the borough through exceptional academic, artistic or cultural achievements.

The winner for the Arts and Culture Award was:

  • Ex Warner Estate Project

Making Waltham Forest Safer Award

2017 sponsors PWC

An individual, group or business that has made a contribution to making our communities safer. Someone that has significantly made our community safer. Helping to make the borough safer by reducing crime and disorder or anti-social behaviour; improving drug and alcohol services; increasing support to victims of crime. Could be local, PSO, neighbourhood watch, schools, health bodies or charity groups.

The joint-winners for the Making Waltham Forest Safer Award were:

  • London Fire Brigade – Leytonstone Red Watch
  • Metropolitan Police -  PC Nick Palmer and PC Sarah Rogers

The Leader’s Awards

Leader’s Individual Award                                 

2017 sponsors TBA

A local hero who goes out of their way to make a difference in the borough. It could be for bringing the community together through  community events, clubs or projects. A special award which will go to an individual who has gone the extra mile to benefit the local community. Winner chosen by Cllr. Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council.

Mother Maria Emeagi

Leader’s Business Award

2017 sponsors TBA           

 A local business that goes out of their way to make a difference in the borough, or for helping to increase prosperity, employment or access to the borough through business initiatives.  This is a special award which will go to an business or project that has gone the extra mile to benefit the local community. Winner chosen by Cllr. Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council.

The winners for the Leader’s Business Award were:

  • Yardarm
  • Leyton Technical Pub

See images from the awards.

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