Three local volunteers received Team London Awards at a City Hall ceremony this week.
The awards congratulate people who make London a better place and improve the lives of those around them. They were presented by Dame Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders) , deputy mayor Joanne McCartney and designer Wayne Hemingway MBE
The three winners from Lambeth were:
Steve Whitmore, who volunteers for several organisations, won a Community Action Award. He has devoted 28 years to volunteering. His achievements include mentoring hundreds of YMCA Positive health scheme members and being a volunteer boxing coach, helping to train 200 young boxers. Steve was the recent winner of another award for his work as a special constable.
Amy Cook of St John Ambulance won a Uniformed Youth Groups Award. She has volunteered with St John Ambulance for 11 years – for 10 years as a cadet and, for the past year, as one of the youngest unit managers in the organisation.
Roy Anderson of Streatham Sea Scouts won a Long Service Award. He has been a scout and then a scout leader with the 4th Streatham Sea Scouts Group for the past 55 years. For the last 30 years he has taken young people sailing, teaching them important values like teamworking skills, discipline and confidence. He also teaches disadvantaged and disabled young people.
Now in their sixth year, the awards have already recognised the dedication and commitment of more than 375 volunteers from across the capital.
Team London is the Mayor of London’s volunteering and social action programme. It supports over 500 charitable organisations. It also works with more than 100 businesses whose staff volunteer and, through its website, offers thousands of opportunities for Londoners to give back to their community.
More than 150,000 adults and nearly 100,000 young people have signed up to volunteer for a range of programmes through Team London.