Mayor's Awards

Awards for people who have improved the lives of others

Every year, Mayor’s Awards are given to recognise people and organisations who have gone above and beyond to serve the community and who have made a significant difference to the lives of our borough’s residents. Mayor’s Awards nominations are currently closed and will reopen later this year.

Mayor’s Award winners 2021-22

A number of people and organisations have been recognised with Mayor’s Awards this year. All winners have been invited to an Awards Ceremony where they will be presented with their Mayor’s Award certificate.

This year’s recipients of Mayor’s Awards are:

Hagir Ahmed 

Hagir Ahmed has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for her voluntary work as a First Responder, including in response to the Grenfell Tragedy, and for helping the local community by volunteering at the foodbank, collecting and delivering prescriptions, preparing food, and supporting the health and wellbeing of asylum seeker refugees in the borough.

Moktar Alqaderi 

Moktar Alqaderi has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for the support he has provided to young people in Kensington and Chelsea for more than a decade, including through his work running Notting Hill Law, establishing a social enterprise providing mentorship to ex-offenders, founding Progressay (an EdTech start-up), and setting up Kensington Impact F.C. which delivers 50 free weekly football sessions to young people.

Mark Barr 

Mark Barr has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for the 21 years he served as Chairman of the Portobello and Golborne Management Committee (PGMC), consolidating the group into a respected body with a powerful voice that is fully engaged with residents, businesses and the council. Mark’s work with the PGMC and the Markets Streets Action group has contributed greatly to the sustainability of Portobello & Golborne Markets and has made a significant difference to the lives and livelihoods of local residents.

Fiona Flaherty 

Fiona Flaherty has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for her dedication to the North Kensington community through her work with a variety of organisations including Lancaster West Residents’ Association, the Food Collab, Dale Youth, Unity Grove and as co-director of North Kensington Hearts and Minds which runs Bay 20 community centre.

John Goddard 

John Goddard has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for the significant contribution he has made to the lives of hundreds of people experiencing homelessness through his role as an office volunteer with Glass Door Homeless Charity. John has helped guests to access the support they require, and has also volunteered his time to assist with Glass Door’s busy night shelters and major fundraising events.

Robert Halbert-Pereno 

Robert Halbert-Pereno has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for his work as a Community Gardener with the W11 Neighbourhood Team and as a Community Champion Volunteer. In these roles, Robert has organised community events and delivered various projects aimed at bringing people together to tackle isolation in addition to promoting health and wellbeing.

Nicholas Halbritter 

Nicholas Halbritter has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for his dedicated fundraising efforts for Armed Forces veterans over his 15 years of voluntary work for the Royal British Legion, of which he is currently branch Chairman, in addition to his longstanding membership of Friends of Brompton Cemetery, holding regular guided tours and organising the cemetery’s annual Open Day.

Cate Latto 

Cate Latto has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for the positive impact her work creating, developing and growing One Community (based at St Charles Hospital Mental Health Unit) has had on the health and wellbeing of service users. This work includes co-ordinating a huge range of co-produced activities and support groups, and establishing the One Community Radio to reduce isolation during the pandemic.

Rob McGibbon 

Rob McGibbon has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for organising a petition and running a media campaign calling for the installation of a Green Man crossing over Battersea Bridge at Cheyne Walk, a crossing point that had been the subject of serious concerns locally for over 20 years. Rob’s campaign drew widespread news coverage and the petition gathered over 26,000 signatures. A crossing was installed in October 2021, making the area considerably safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Dorinda Montgomery

Dorinda Montgomery has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for herfor her involvement in with initiatives to support residents and reduce social isolation in Chelsea. Dorinda runs painting and art discussion groups, organises Little Green Fingers (a kids gardening club), volunteers at St Luke’s Vestry Food Bank and assisted with the creation of the Sunken Garden Outdoor Cinema on the Sutton Estate.

Shirley Nicholson 

Shirley Nicholson has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for her decades of dedication to transforming knowledge and appreciation of RBKC’s Sambourne House and Leighton House Museums, including by researching and publishing books, compiling and editing information used in both museums, and hosting thousands of guided tours to museum visitors. 

Malcolm Phillips

Malcolm Phillips has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for establishing The Grenfell Night Service which provided mental health support to residents and members of the public in need of assistance following the Grenfell Tragedy. For more than 25 years, Malcolm has also provided mental health support to the local community through his work with Hestia.

Penny Pocock 

Penny Pocock has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for the support she has provided to the Chelsea community over many years, including in her roles as Chair and Vice President of the Chelsea Gardens Guild, in addition to her voluntary work for Chelsea Physic Garden and the gardens of Chelsea Old Church.

Roger Roberts 

Roger Roberts has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Individual Contribution for his many years of work with the Golborne Forum which facilitates discussion between residents and organisations on matters of local importance. He has led on projects including the Golborne Road Improvement project and the Golborne Festival, whilst also serving on the Markets Action Group and contributing to the Golborne Life magazine.

Hedi Beltaeif 

Hedi Beltaeif has been recognised for a Mayor’s Award in the category of Young Person for the positive impact he has had on the lives of young people, professionals and families in the borough, including refugees from Afghanistan, and his commitment to advocating for young people through his involvement in the youth forum at Lancaster Community Youth Centre and his role as a Youth Representative at the council.

SEND News Crew 

The SEND News Crew have been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Young Person for their voluntary work producing content for the All for Youth Newsletter, which ensured that the SEND Community in RBKC and Westminster remained connected throughout the pandemic and inspired other children and young people to share their talents and get involved in a variety of activities and opportunities.

Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Project 

Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Project has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for serving the needs of Moroccan and Arabic speaking women and their families for the past 36 years, including through casework, counselling, supporting those experiencing domestic abuse and, during the pandemic, setting up a digital taskforce to ensure isolation is not loneliness. 

Dalgarno Trust Foodbank 

Dalgarno Trust Foodbank volunteers have been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for the courage they have demonstrated, and the loyalty and empathy shown to the local community throughout the pandemic. During this time, including the lockdowns, they packed and distributed approximately 450 bags of food each week to 150 households, ensuring everyone in the local community received the food they needed.

Glass Door Homeless Charity 

Glass Door Homeless Charity has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for co-ordinating the UK’s largest network of open-access services for people affected by homelessness – including access to accommodation, caseworkers, healthcare and support to find permanent housing – and for adapting their model to continue to provide this support throughout the pandemic. 

Octavia Care and Communities teams 

Octavia Care and Communities teams have been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for providing community support throughout the pandemic, which has included securing a donation of 120 meals per day from Chelsea FC, collecting and distributing food to those in need, undertaking shopping trips for vulnerable residents, reducing social isolation through befriending schemes and welfare visits and, where necessary, making referrals to partner agencies.

Our Power Hub 

Our Power Hub has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for delivering flexible, responsive and culturally sensitive support to the Bereaved, Survivors and Residents of the Grenfell Tragedy through an offering of activities and initiatives such as arts and crafts workshops, day trips and virtual services, while also linking individuals to local services and sources of professional advice.

The Central Gurdwara London (Khalsa Jatha) 

The Central Gurdwara London (Khalsa Jatha) has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for providing fresh food and thousands of hot meals throughout the pandemic, both to residents and local community organisations such as hospitals and food banks, thanks to the financial and logistical support of their congregation and volunteers.

The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (Al-Manaar) 

The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre (Al-Manaar) has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for their dedicated support of hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan. Al-Manaar collected and distributed items to the newly arrived refugees, co-ordinated events and initiatives to welcome them to Kensington and Chelsea, organised visits to the mosque during prayer times and provided advice to ensure that the council’s support offer was culturally sensitive.

The Space 

The Space has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for supporting the community’s recovery following the Grenfell Tragedy through a community-led health and wellbeing programme, running kids clubs during the school holidays and establishing a Baby Bank offering access to essential items for children aged 5 and under.

The Venture Centre Community Association and Adventure Playground 

The Venture Centre Community Association and Adventure Playground has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for service to the community during the pandemic, especially their assistance to children, families and vulnerable adults. Their offering included school holiday programmes targeted at key worker families and vulnerable children, as well as the opening of three new covid-secure adventure play sites across the borough and a foodbank which supported 400 local families. 

West London Zone 

West London Zone has been recognised with a Mayor’s Award in the category of Local Community Organisation for working with approximately 112 children and families from Ark Brunel Primary School and over 500 more from across the borough, helping them to thrive socially, emotionally and academically through a holistic package of support that included partnering with local organisations and providing access to counselling services, tuition, technology for learning, drama and art classes.

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Last updated: 28 February 2022