Published Wednesday, 10th February 2021
Each year the awards recognised the amazing individuals and groups who go above and beyond to make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Close to 300 nominations were submitted across eight categories when nominations opened late last year. This was the second Sutton Community Awards to be held in partnership between Sutton Council, Sutton Housing Partnership, Community Action Sutton and Volunteer Centre Sutton.
Due to COVID-19 and the resulting Government restrictions, the awards were held online for the first time. Nominees submitted videos of themselves talking about their work and what it meant to be recognised by the community.
More than 1,000 people have watched the Sutton’s Community Awards, which was streamed live on Wednesday 3 February.
The winners were:
Outstanding Community Champion - Robert Watson
The Terence Cort Award - Karen Adams
The Herb Chinzou Award - Robbie Keen, Keen 2 Go
Outstanding Volunteer - Peter Jemson & Joy Moreno Demetriou (joint winners)
Outstanding Volunteering Group - Sutton Befrienders
Outstanding Young Person - Finley Taheny
Outstanding Voluntary & Community Sector Organisation of the Year - Time Out Youth Project
Sue Robson Trustee of the Year - Veronica Fritzon, SACCO
Councillor Trish Fivey, Mayor of Sutton, said:
“It was excellent to see so many different ways in which individuals and organisations came together to support the community during an incredibly difficult year. I am immensely proud of the people of the Borough and the commitment they have shown to others.”
Steve Tucker, Managing Director of Sutton Housing Partnership, said:
“The awards were a great success and a great opportunity to celebrate heroes from across the borough. At SHP we are incredibly proud of the celebration as it gives us a chance to commemorate our dear colleague Terence who was also a true community hero. Congratulations to all of the winners!”
Anita Maullin, Chief Executive of Volunteer Centre Sutton, said:
"Congratulations to all the winners from this year's Sutton Community Awards. Whether you have won an award, were shortlisted or were nominated, everyone should have a huge sense of pride for the contribution you make to our local community. To see so many different kinds of volunteering recognised by these awards, both by individuals and by groups, and both formally and informally, is truly inspirational."
Simon Breeze, Chief Executive of Community Action Sutton, said:
“The recent Community Awards was a great chance to step back and remember how many great people there are in Sutton working to make their community better. We all know it has been a difficult year, so it was wonderful to see all the new and old groups be recognised and rewarded and inspiring to hear them speak. Thank you to all of the winners and the nominees, please keep doing what you do!”
Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:
“Watching the ceremony gave me an immense sense of pride in Sutton's community. Every nomination was inspirational and in a year of unprecedented challenges, the people of our borough really stepped up to support one another. Thank you to all of our winners and nominees for everything you do. You really do help make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
To find out more about the awards, please visit the community awards page.