The BATCA Community Awards scheme 2016, celebrated on 24th November, was the fifth round of awards since BATCA was founded. For details of those honoured in 2016, see the CH 2016 tab below.
The awards honour volunteers who work selflessly to give outstanding service to the community. Those honoured come from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds and demonstrate how values of service to others and support to the vulnerable are cherished by all groups. Awards are given both to individuals and teams.
The awards are presented at a celebration evening attended by over 200 people, with food and entertainment. Local dignitaries including the MP for Tooting, the Mayor of Wandsworth and councillors, Borough police and fire service Commanders, leading business figures and others regularly attend.
Those honoured have included:
- A local businessman who took relief supplies to Nepal in response to the earthquake in 2015 and continues to fundraises for its victims.
- An advocate for women’s rights in BME communities
- A refugee worker who has hosted refugees in her home
- A leader working to support deaf women facing domestic violence
- A mosque based team who campaign to encourage blood donors from BME communities.
- A cheerful milkman
- Brownie and Cub leaders
- Those who work to support the elderly
- Pioneer volunteers in the field of black mental health
- A shopkeeper who looks after his customers devotedly, taking them meals when ill
- Those working with young people at risk in marginalised communities
- Those who are the backbone of churches and mosques’ service to the community
- The founder of a vibrant community choir
- Organisers of sport for young people
- A dedicated chair of school governors
- A group providing ‘talking books’ for those with sight loss
……..and many more