Community Champions

Awula Serwah

Awula Serwah

Awula Serwah is a Ghanaian born barrister who is passionate about the Environment. BTWSC, the voluntary organisation she co-founded, has delivered 'It's Cool To' ... environmental projects with young people on fly-tipping and littering.

BTWSC received seed funding from Brent Council and Veolia for the It's Cool to Love Where You Live Project which included inter-generational sessions. The young people on the project produced the Look Around (The Environment) song which was launched on 2 November 2017. The digital release is scheduled for next year.

In 2003 Awula was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of arts, manufacturing and commerce. She received a Brent Citizenship Award in 2007. She was appointed a Notary Public in Ghana in 2010.

Awula Serwah is the Founder of 'Taking A Stand Against Fly-Tipping and Littering'.

Marie Hancock

Marie Hancock has lived in Cricklewood since 1983. Founder member of NorthWestTWO Residents' Association set up in 2007.

Initial projects were focused on "flower power" to beautify the neighbourhood with street planting resulting in winning the Brent in Bloom neighbourhood award for several years.  Subsequently the focus was on improving the street scene, especially graffiti removal which is not only anti-social but impacts on the look and feel of the neighbourhood.  Cricklewood being a tri-borough, this involved engaging with Brent, Barnet and Camden Councils, together with agencies such as Network Rail to share intelligence and work jointly and target hotspots.  In 2007 every shopfront shutter in Cricklewood town centre was covered in graffiti and only by logging and reporting every month was this removed and today Cricklewood is relatively graffiti free but it is only with constant vigilance and reporting.  Capacity builders awarded NorthWestTWO a Good Practice Award for these projects.

In 2009 Marie joined the Cricklewood Improvement Programme now known as the Cricklewood Town Team.  In 2012 this group successful bid for £2.6 million in funding to carry out improvements in the town centre.  Marie developed a partnership with Govia Thameslink and working with the Station Manager enhancements to Cricklewood Station resulted in several Rail based awards in the past 18 months.  As a result of the project anti-social behaviour and graffiti have reduced resulting in a saving of over £30k in station maintenance.

​Recent work has focused on enhancing the neighbourhood and working with local artists, Cricklewood now boasts a range of street art to be enjoyed by all.