Award win at CityWest Homes

CityWest Homes are delighted to announce that John MacDonald, community engagement officer for Church Street, has won the ‘Bringing People Together Award’ at the Westminster Community Awards 2013.

This award on 6 June recognised an outstanding individual or groups who have improved social cohesion by bringing together people from different backgrounds.

John was nominated anonymously by a resident of the Church Street estate and was described as: “The soul of the Westminster community. His work in fostering relationships between charities, community centres has caused substantial change around the Church Street neighbourhood.”

After picking up his award John was completely overwhelmed and said: “I am shocked and delighted to have won this award. None of this would have been possible without the support of CityWest Homes and the residents of Church Street.”

(L-R) Gareth Owen chief executive of Volunteer Centre Westminster; The Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Sarah Richardson; John MacDonald; Cllr Steve Summers Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for the Community.

Cllr Steve Summers Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for the Community said: “2012 was the year communities and volunteering took centre stage at the Olympics and I want to see Westminster keep that spirit alive in 2013 and beyond.

“This was the biggest volunteer awards to date, and with so many inspirational stories to tell it is only right we recognise these fantastic achievements from the last 12 months.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities and every person who gives just one moment of their time to help someone else makes Westminster a better place.”

Darren Levy, director of customer of services at CityWest Homes added: “Everyone at CityWest Homes is delighted for John as his work in the Church Street estate is an inspiration to us all. One of our organisations values includes ‘finding better ways’ and John has demonstrated this through his works over the last year to win this award.”

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