Chiswick Women Take Top Prize at Hounslow Community Awards

Refugees Welcome Hounslow honoured for its work

Shelagh Allsop (centre) accepting her award. Picture: YouTube

Refugees Welcome Hounslow (RFW), a group set up by two women from Chiswick in 2017, has been given the overall winner award at the One Hounslow Community Awards 2021.

Shelagh Allsop and Rachel Tanner were nominated on behalf of the group which, was started to help welcome Syrian families fleeing their homes as refugees, into the borough under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. At least 12 families have been supported and it has since lobbied the council to provide support for people arriving in Hounslow from Afghanistan.

One nominator said, “I can't describe the support they gave us since we got to Britain. They were our brothers, our friends and family in our new country. They stood with us in all the hard situations and were the support for us in everything. My tongue cannot describe their dedication to us.”

The ceremony was held at Hounslow House on Wednesday 6 October and was compered with England and British & Irish Lions rugby legend Matt Dawson who is also a Chiswick resident.

Nine winners were selected narrowed down into shortlists from over 220 nominations and earlier in the evening RFW took the Community Heart Award.

The evening culminated with the announcement of the winner of the One Hounslow Spirit award which was contested between the winners in the nine categories and, after a drumroll, RFW was called to return to the podium.

The winners in the other categories were:

Reaching Potential 2021: ILAYS
Building Trust 2021: Hounslow Young Facilitators
Community Together 2021: Vijay Rai - Different Strokes Hounslow
Cleaner, Greener Champion 2021 - Rob Antill
Green Innovation 2021 - Heston Action Group
Young Leader 2021 - Sahana Nagasundar
Social Enterprise 2021 - Stir It Up
Covid Hero - Omar Salat Mohamed

Closing the inaugral awards, Matt Dawson hailed them a huge success and said that the event was set to return bigger and better next year.

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October 10, 2021