London Child Poverty Awards winners announced
18 November 2009
The outstanding achievements of some of London’s most inspirational individuals and organisations were recognised at the inaugural London Child Poverty Awards on Monday 16 November 2009.
Held at the Barbican Centre, the awards were set up to celebrate the efforts of those helping to improve the lives of the Capital’s struggling families.
Parents, family workers, local authorities and even one of Britain’s largest employers were amongst the winners of the six awards – which recognised both individuals and whole organisations. A full list of winners is provided at the end of this press notice.
One of the many inspirational winners on the night was Marie Hanson, who picked up the Outstanding Practitioner Award. A single mother of six, Marie escaped domestic abuse to set up her own organisation to support families to reach their full potential. STORM now works with 500 families to help improve parents’ self-esteem and to give them the skills and confidence they need to move into work and improve the lives of their families.
Falis Farah was awarded Inspirational Parent at the ceremony, and her story would have touched many members of the audience. Originally from Somalia, Falis arrived in London as a single mother. Within just two months she had arranged accommodation for her young family, as well as enrolling her children into school and herself onto an A-level course. Now both a teaching assistant and a school governor, she runs a free homework club for 30 families and also helps people in her community for whom English is a second language by translating bills, letters and other communications.
Awards were also handed to whole organisations, with Tower Hamlets Council receiving the Corporate Commitment Award for the way in which it has imbedded efforts to tackle child poverty across all areas of the organisation.
And a branch of one of Britain’s biggest supermarket chains, Asda, picked up the Exemplary Employer Award. The company has a range of family friendly policies that enable parents to thrive. The judges recognised that staff at the Old Kent Road branch demonstrated a real commitment to supporting their community, by working closely with their local Jobcentre to help local people – particularly parents, secure and sustain work.
Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury attended the event and said:
"I am very pleased to be taking part in such a special event. The Government is focused on ending child poverty and that is why we are enshrining in law our commitment to build on the successes of the past ten years and end child poverty by 2020.
The examples set by the winners of the London child poverty awards are inspirational. We can all take encouragement from their great work to support struggling families to get on in life and break free from poverty."
London Councils’ executive member for children and young people, Councillor Nick Stanton said:
"I’d like to congratulate everyone who was nominated for one of the Child Poverty Awards."
"These organisations and individuals have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children who are living on or below the poverty line."
"Their commitment is an inspiration to others who have signed up to the London Child Poverty Pledge to support parents and give children the best start in life."
The full list of winners is given below:
Child Poverty Champion
Annie Doubledee, Director Islington Childcare Trust
Siobhan Oktay, Information and Development Worker, Sure Start Acton
Claudette Dixon, Safeguarding Practitioner and Children’s Champion - Camden Homeless Households Support Service Jaswant Lall, Childcare Partnership Manager - Jobcentre Plus West London District
Marie Hanson, Founder - STORM
Tara Khanom, Employment Advisor, Lincoln and Burdett Children's Centre
Annie Jordan, Working Families Officer, Haringey, Marjorie McFee, Manager, Brixton Children’s Centre
Paulette Harris, Fina D’Emmanuele
Shelter, Keys to the Future - Newham
South Acton Children’s Centre
Children’s Centre Team, Jobcentre Plus West London District, Wilberforce Primary School
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Islington Council and Islington Strategic Partnership
Bayswater Family Centre, Waltham Forest Local Strategic Partnership
ASDA, Old Kent Road
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