Shortlist Published for Hounslow Community Awards

Winners to be announced at a ceremony to be broadcast live on YouTube

Awards ceremony to be held in Hounslow House

Hounslow Council has published the shortlists for the One Hounslow Community Awards 2021.

The shortlists were drawn up after some 220 nominations across nine categories were received from borough residents and organisations. Judging panels across the nine award categories will now decide the winners, to be announced at a ceremony which will take place next Wednesday, 6October at Hounslow House.

The awards are to celebrate and recognise the work of individuals and organisations across the Borough, including, but not only, in relation to Covid-19.

Winners of each of the nine categories will entered the ballot for the ‘One Hounslow Spirit’ Award and a public vote will be held at the ceremony (and online to ensure the public are involved in deciding the winner of winners). Details of how to vote will be made available during the ceremony, both in the live stream and on Twitter via the Council's twitter account @LBofHounslow

The Arts Centre, Hounslow is to provide entertainment and staging support for the awards. Jonathan Ashby, Arts Centre Hounslow's Artistic Director has devised an entertainment programme which will including Will Seaward, songs from Artemis College (who are opening in Hounslow in September 2022) and Hounslow-based Bollywood Dance Company Summeets Step 2 Step.

There are nine categories for the rewards:
• The Reaching Potential Award for the outstanding contribution to supporting residents reach their potential whatever their backgrounds or barriers.
• The Building Trust Award for the outstanding contribution to building trust between people - increasing inclusion, reducing inequality and giving the 'less heard' a stronger voice.
• The Green Innovation Award for the outstanding contribution to addressing environmental challenges through creative new technologies, ideas or approaches.
• The Cleaner, Greener Champion Award for the outstanding contribution to improving local area, galvanising and educating communities to think green and respect their environment.
• The Community Heart Award for the outstanding contribution to their local community, supporting neighbours, creating community spirit and strength.
• The Community Together Award for the outstanding contribution to galvanising people and organisations to work in partnership, particularly across diversity of communities (e.g. of ethnicity, age, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender) to overcome a challenge or create something positive for the wider benefit of others.
• The Social Enterprise Award for the outstanding contribution by a local business to support residents, communities and place beyond its core business.
• The Covid Hero Award (one off) for the outstanding contribution by an individual to support, protect and inspire communities during the pandemic.
• The Young Leader Award for the outstanding contribution by an under 25-year-old to their community or the borough.

A final, ‘One Hounslow Spirit’ Award will be determined on the night of the ceremony which will be available to watch on a live stream on the Council's YouTube channel.

The shortlists are as follows:

Reaching Potential

  • Mike Kwentoh
  • Alliance Arts

Building Trust

  • Hounslow Young Facilitators
  • Marina Sharma
  • Mike Foston

Community Heart

  • Shelagh Allsop and Rachel Tanner, Refugees Welcome Hounslow
  • Polish Klan Association
  • Disability Network Hounslow

Community Together

  • Trinjan Womens Social and Community Group
  • Vijay Rai - Different Strokes Hounslow
  • Mark Pearce - Creative Mile

Cleaner, Greener Champion

  • Rob Antill
  • Angela Parton
  • Paramjit Singh Bajwa

Green Innovation

  • Satwinder P Singh Ahdan - Hounslow Singh Sabha Gurdwara
  • Heston Action Group
  • Nicola Erdpresser

Covid Hero

  • Omar Salat Mohammed - Acacia Community Centre
  • Speak Out In Hounslow
  • Phillip Jones - FoodBox

Social Enterprise

  • Stir It Up!
  • JC Decaux UK
  • Sara Ward - Hen Corner

Young Leader

  • A young person for their work with IvyBridge Link
  • A young person for their work with HeartFelt Tips
  • A young person for their work with Youth Voice Forum
  • A young person for their work with IvyBridge Link


Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet member for Communities and Climate Emergency thanked all those who nominated their local heroes with special congratulations going to the shortlisted candidates. She said, “The sheer scale of the contribution made to the Borough by individuals and organisations is stunning and is reflected in nominations. The response from our communities in nominating has been incredible and makes really clear how welcome these awards are after the tough time we've come through together. The One Hounslow Community Awards has been seen as a real chance to recognise, celebrate and thank people for everything they do, especially over a very tough last eighteen months. Across this outstanding Borough people have taken this as a chance to show how much they value those they nominated and use these awards to say thanks."

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for One Hounslow and Transport added, "We can see from the many nominations just how much that work is valued and appreciated by residents, but the quality of the work is also amazing, as we can see from the shortlists. Everyone named would make a worthy winner, but now it's up to the judging panels, made up of impartial internal and external individuals to make some horribly hard decisions. We know people are already excited about the event, and we're hopeful it will be a night to be remembered as much as it is deserved, by all those nominated and especially those shortlisted."

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October 1, 2021