Our Impact

Haringey has a vast number of voluntary projects, some of whom are helped by leading experts and decision makers. Over time, projects have been increasingly joining together to look at best practice and joined up working, aided by an army of volunteers.

In 2016 the Bridge Renewal Trust in collaboration with Haringey Council organised the first annual Haringey Voluntary and Community Expo at Tottenham Town Hall. A programme of activities were enjoyed by residents and community and voluntary groups, showcasing the range of activities taking place to improve the health and well-being of local people.

Specialist information about issues that affect the lives of Haringey’s residents was provided by leading voluntary sector organisations throughout the day. This included two focused panel discussions to ensure local community groups have the resources to deliver a range of services meeting the needs of the people they support.

Community Impact Awards

The Expo ended with the first Community Impact Awards, presented to outstanding individuals, as well as community groups and voluntary organisations. This was a chance for many people to come together to celebrate the great work done by the voluntary and community sector in Haringey. It was also a chance to re-energise the sector to continue to work towards a stronger sector in Haringey.

With more than 300 nominations across nine categories, it is clear that Haringey has a great number of people working to improve life for others in the borough. The nominated organisations that were short-list consisted of those who had overcome limited resources, had shown innovation in addressing significant disadvantages in the community and had worked with volunteers.

The Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation of the Year award was given to Finsbury Park Sports Partnership. This is a local group that raised more than £1m for physical activities. In the newcomer category Ambitious College, London’s first specialist day college for young people with complex autism was the winner for its work preparing students for adulthood through independence, employment, better health and community inclusion.

"No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone!"
by Mickey Mouse in a Disney movie

Young people who freely give a helping hand were also recognised at the award ceremony. They were included in more than 200 people nominated as Haringey Heroes. Haringey Hero Volunteer of the Year was Georgina Pierre-Louis, who has made a great contribution with her voluntary work helping support children, their parents and their carers at Pembury House Children’s Centre for over 12 years. Pembury House Children’s Centre offers a range of health, education and advice sessions for families with children under 5, which includes a Young Parents group.

Limudin Ali, Ambassador for the Princes Trust, was named Haringey Young Hero Volunteer of the Year for his work with young people in the organisation, including organising and running acting workshops and engaging young people in training and employment.

The Impact awards showcase the fact that Haringey has a very strong and diverse community thanks to the large number of people who volunteer and give up their time to help others. The awards highlight some of these people, giving them recognition they richly deserve.

Community Building

Award winners

Improving the lives of children and young people in Haringey
Winner: Open Door (Young People’s Consultation Service)
Highly commended: CARIS Haringey (Homelessness)
Highly commended: Streetz Ahead (Dance and performance)

Improving the health and wellbeing of Haringey residents
Winner: Pedal Power (Cycling for disabled people)
Highly commended: Nafsiyat Intercultural therapy centre (psychotherapy)
Highly commended: Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol (HAGA) (Alcohol misuse)

Improving the environment and community safety in Haringey
Winner: BUBIC (Support for drug users and their families)
Highly Commended: Ian Sygrave (Harringay Ladder Community Safety Partnership)
Highly Commended: Victim Support Haringey (Support for victims of crime or trauma)

Improving the skills and prosperity of Haringey residents
Winner: Moneywise Project – Citizens Advice Haringey (Support on finance and debt)
Highly commended: North London Partnership Consortium (Employment for local residents)
Highly commended: 5E Ltd (Skills, IT and vocational training)

Improving access to housing and inclusive communities for Haringey residents
Winner: CARIS Haringey (Homelessness)
Highly commended: Causeway Irish Housing Association (Housing and support for young single people)
Highly commended: Victim Support Haringey (Support for victims of crime or trauma)

Haringey Young Hero (Volunteer) of the Year
Winner: Limudin Ali
Highly commended: Group award – Y10 Peer Mentor Group at Woodside High School
Highly commended: Jaspar (Alexandra Park School)
Highly commended: Group award – Y5 students from Tetherdown Primary School

Haringey Hero (Volunteer) of the Year
Winner: Georgina Pierre-Louis
Highly commended: Rose Dakuo
Highly commended: Jorge Francisco Pinto

Voluntary and Community Sector Newcomer
Winner: Ambitious College (Young people with autism)
Highly commended: Friends of Ally Pally Station (community gardening)
Highly commended: Sickle Cell Cause (Sickle cell support and education)

Haringey Voluntary and Community Organisation of the Year
Winner: Finsbury Park Sports Partnership (Community sports facilities management)
Highly commended: CARIS Haringey (Homelessness)
Highly commended: Jackson’s Lane (Community Arts)