BATCA COMMUNITY AWARDS 2020
CELEBRATING BALHAM AND TOOTING’S HEROES
- BATCA Community Awards have been made to eleven outstanding individuals and teams for their service to the community
- Though the celebration evening planned for 19th March could not go ahead, we proudly celebrate those honoured
The award recipients come from a wide variety of fields, including improving the environment, the visual and performing arts, supporting the elderly, and leadership and community building in many spheres. Awards were made in the following categories.
|Jean Millar||Balham environment champion|
|Tooting Community Garden||Growing and learning space open to all|
|Jatinder Verma MBE||Founder of Tara Arts Theatre|
|Jayson Singh and Weavie Stevie||Community artists at the Scrapstore|
|Liberty Choir||Volunteer choir at Wandsworth Prison|
Health and wellbeing
|Dr Irshad Hussain||Tooting GP, volunteer imam and community leader|
|Basia Klimas-Sawyer||Social and cultural leader of the Polish community for over 40 years|
|Furzedown Project||Community centre supporting the elderly|
General community support
|Dave Mauger||Editor, Tooting Newsie|
|Year 10 and 11 girls of Al Risalah Muslim Secondary School||
Reaching out to the wider community
A special Chair’s award was made to Brian Albuquerque for his service as Tooting Town Centre Manager.
BATCA will look for opportunities to present the awards to those concerned over the next few weeks and months, to celebrate them fully and tell their stories. Certificates of commendation will go to all those nominated, who are heroes no less.
BATCA remains committed to connecting the community in these difficult times. We will look for innovative ways to do so, building on the resilience and community spirit of Balham and Tooting.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07966 690308
Notes for editors: The Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA) is a network of local organisations that aims to encourage closer links between all sections of the local community. It draws together faith bodies, businesses, and voluntary and public
We thank our sponsors, Amy Adams Photography, Barker’s Chemist and St Augustine’s Church