Celebrating the Pride of Brent

27 November 2018

Community heroes from Brent were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony which took place at the Brent Civic Centre last week.

The Pride of Brent Awards recognises and commends selfless individuals, community groups, local businesses and council workers who go that extra mile to make Brent a better place to live and work.

All of the Pride of Brent winners were invited to receive their award by members of the judging panel including Councillor Arshad Mahmood, the Mayor of Brent and Councillor McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council.

The winners have helped Brent's diverse community in a variety of ways from volunteering for the home library service and working with people who live with dementia to helping people recover from substance misuse. They all have something in common which is dedicating their time to working for the benefit of their fellow residents, communities and neighbours.

Pride of Brent Awards: Winners 2018

Community champion of the year:

  • Cross Locality - Helen Goodsell and Radha Allen
  • Harlesden Locality - Dulcie Joseph
  • Kilburn Locality - Emma Betty Hammond
  • Kingsbury and Kenton Locality - Debbie Nyman
  • Willesden Locality - Ian Rouse
  • Wembley Locality - Ezra Thomas

Wembley Locality - Ezra Thomas

Ezra has worked with boys and young men (and from 2008, girls and young women) for around 51 years as a leader of the Boy's Brigade/Girls Association. He has guided them to develop "discipline and self-respect" through activities, exercise and working towards badges in a wide range of arts, crafts and community responsibility. 

Good neighbour of the year:

  • Harlesden - Ann Dwyer
  • Willesden - Alan Milner 

Volunteer of the year:

  • Cross Locality -1 .Tina Wooderson

2. Iman Hamid

  • Kingsbury and Kenton - Suryakant Jadva
  • Wembley - Paul Woodford
  • Willesden - George Branch, Leonard Ricards, Paul Surgrue and Prashant Shah

Willesden - George Branch, Leonard Ricards, Paul Surgrue and Prashant Shah 

These amazing volunteers have been working with Brent's Home Library Service to bring the library to the homes of Brent's residents who are unable to come to the library due to health reasons. Many of these residents are living in isolation with little or no contact with the outside world. The work of Library Service's volunteers is making a huge difference in alleviating this situation. They are a selfless and dedicated team. 

Inspirational young person of the year:

  • Issa Abdulayeba

Issa is 17 years-old and is a volunteer who works with the Islamic Cultural Centre (Wembley). He has helped bring other young people into community-based activities. He now manages a group of 20-30 young people who are all interesting in volunteering as a result of his positive influence. 

Apprentice of the Year:

  • Dan Rayner

Dan is an apprentice at the Village School in Kingsbury. The Village School supports students with special education needs. Dan has really developed and matured in his role as Site Technician; he has built up his confidence and provided a great deal of support to the school when they were facing some difficult times. 

Trainee of the Year:

  • Georgina Adoagye 

Community project of the year:

  • B3-Service User Council 

B3 is the Brent Service User group for those engaged in substance misuse and for those in recovery. It is run entirely for and by Brent residents. This year B3 will celebrate its tenth birthday. It has played a huge role in improving the quality of life for Brent's most excluded and vulnerable residents. 

Community group of the year:

  • London Basketball Association (LBA)

Responsible business of the year:

  • In your Face Advertising

SME of the Year:

  • Ultra Education 

Ultra-Education is an education provider, founded by Julian Hall, that teaches entrepreneurship to children. Ultra-Education has worked on several projects including a successful art exhibition for entrepreneurs in Willesden Library as well as working to develop young people in the lead up to Brent 2020. 

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year:

  • The Village School
  • Sharpe Mechanical


Pride of Brent Awards 2018