We all know people who helped the vulnerable during the pandemic and others who have been doing a lot for their community over the years whether it is picking up litter on their local beach, fundraising for a charity or feeding the homeless. Who is your Community Hero? Tell us about them and send us their photo to recognise their efforts and inspire others. Scroll down to fill in the Nomination Form*.

Theodore McKenna

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

Nominated by Rachel Harker, St Gabriel’s Primary School

“Theo took on the challenge to pick up 100 pieces of litter in his community and he did an amazing job! By doing this he has helped his local community and inspired many others to do the same! Well done Theo! We are so proud of him, he is very kind, caring and considerate and has put his community first.

Kindness is free, sprinkle it everywhere!”

Gillian Campbell

Strangford, County Down, Northern Ireland

Nominated by John Flanagan, The Strangford Residents’ Association

“Gillian is a positive force for our Strangford community. Under her guidance and encouragement, Strangford Residents’ Association has brought our community closer together through a series of events and initiatives. During the Covid Crisis, she initiated a programme of support, particularly for the Covid-vulnerable members in our community, in collaboration with other community support agencies. In the midst of all this Gillian looks forward to better days by establishing a new Community Hub in Strangford Castle. She is also driving fresh infrastructural and societal improvement projects to the benefit of our entire Community. Without her personal commitment and energy, little of this would happen.”

Petr Killen

Charlemont, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Nominated by Grainne O’Neill, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

“Petr’s passion for keeping the community clean is inspiring. His innovative thinking and approach to litter picking is amazing, Petr’s efforts are to be commended! Well done & thank you for your hard work.”

Martin Davison

Belfast , Northern Ireland

Nominated by Sarah Bowden, TREE NI

“Martin is a motivated, energetic caring young man who is determine to achieve his goals and better himself through further education and training. Martin is enthusiastic and eager to help out and go the extra mile, especially on projects and initiatives relating to his community. Martin realises the importance of giving back to his community and is hopeful that his willingness to help sets a good example to his peers and the younger generation.”

Lisa Mulholland

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Nominated by Nikki Savage, ENCIRCLES Trustee

“Lisa has been baking for the community, her lucky neighbours and also supporting many charities for many years. Lisa started volunteering for ENCIRCLES in 2018, sharing her amazing talent for baking by providing puddings every Sunday of the year for the 60-70 homeless, vulnerable and lonely people in our community who attended the ENCIRCLES community lunch. Since the beginning of lockdown we have had to change our Sunday lunch to a takeaway service and Lisa has provided a selection of delicious cakes every week to accompany the meal and go in the supper bags that we also provide. These sweet treats are really appreciated by our homeless friends. We are proud to nominate Lisa as a Community Hero for her outstanding commitment to bring joy through her baking every week of the year, particularly during the pandemic when her working life has been very challenging.”

Mike Collier

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Nominated by Jenny Plummer, High Wycombe Mutual Aid

“Mike has been a solid part of High Wycombe Mutual Aid since it’s inception in March last year. He has been a central figure helping us to match our 200 volunteers with someone local to them who needs support with Shopping, prescription collecting and friendly phone calls. On top of regularly being on shift to respond to calls fro help he has also taken on 10 people that he is supporting. He also helped us to deliver 200 presents to isolated people at Christmas time. He always goes above and beyond and is a huge support to his community and to us as a team.”

Byron Davis

Podsmead and Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Nominated by Caroline Morse and Carole Taylor, residents of Gloucester and County Cllr Miller

“During the Covid 19 lockdown Byron Davis went above and beyond for the residents of Podsmead but Byron always works hard for the area none stop. Byron went around Podsmead litter picking paid for lealfets himself to be printed and provided his number on them for residents to contact him. Byron also set up a food distribution up in Podsmead that gives food out to the most vulnerable in Podsmead. Byron is very hardworking when it comes to prioritising road safety for residents and is lobbying for a zebra crossing at a dangerous junction in Podsmead. Byron also put out art packs for families and helped raised £500 towards the windrush funday in Podsmead. He has helped people collect their prescriptions at Christmas time Byron also went above and beyond delivering Christmas hampers to residents.”

Debbie Williams

Dawlish, Devon

Nominated by Helping Dawlish and the Mayor of Dawlish Town Council Cllr Alison Foden

Debbie has been volunteering with several organisations in Helping Dawlish since the pandemic started  – Assist Teignbridge, Roots Community Enhancement and others, as well as her volunteering for Recovery Devon and doing suicide prevention training after a long career in the fire service. She has also helped out with some admin for a local vaccination centre at Christmas. Debbie continues to be called upon and we know she often does things at very short notice for Dawlish people.

Gold Davies

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nominated by Rory Neeson, Belfast And Lisburn Community Project

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

All his happiness is to help the vulnerable people.

Jonathan Childs

Norwich, Norfolk

Nominated by Marina Kim, the UK Community Network

“Jonathan is a true community hero. He was in charge of the UK Community Network group in Norfolk during the first wave of the pandemic and is now “food-raising” to help the most vulnerable. Being deaf might have discouraged some people from taking an active community role but Jonathan is not the one to give up. He is an inspiration.”

Kimberley Scott & George Jabbour

Darlington, County Durham

Nominated by Cllr Pauline Culley, Darlington Borough Council

At the start of the pandemic, Kimberley and George brought our community together by founding Darlington Support to ensure that vulnerable residents in our town received their food and medication without having to leave their homes and risk catching the virus. Their initiative has grown to become a registered charity, offering new services to more people and supporting dozens of other organisations and good causes, including more recently, volunteers to help with the vaccine rollout. It would be fabulous if Kimberley and George were recognised as brilliant community heroes.”

Tracy Matthews

United Kingdom / online support

Nominated by Chrysti Jo Madsen and Melanie Roberts Maier, South Africans in the UK

“Tracy and her team has encouraged and uplifted us all in the lockdown and played just a major roll assisting people not only in the UK but in all parts of the world with valuable information and guidelines in this tiring time. They made us laugh with funny incidences but didn’t leave a stone unturned when help was needed. Three cheers for Tracy and her group!”

Karola Formella

Brighton, East Sussex

Nominated by Lucy Dance

“Karola is an excellent bike mechanic and has given considerable hours of her time to support Sustrans work in the city by fixing bikes and being a really positive female role model to girls and women. She is committed, hardworking and passionate about promoting bikes to vulnerable groups and goes over and beyond the role of a volunteer.”

Dean Burne and Sean Sloan

United Kingdom / online support

Nominated by Chrysti Jo Madsen and Melanie Roberts Maier, South Africans in the UK

“Dean and Sean has encouraged and uplifted us all in the lockdown and played just a major roll assisting people not only in the UK but in all parts of the world with valuable information and guidelines in this tiring time. They made us laugh with funny incidences but didn’t leave a stone unturned when help was needed. This group is a continual support. Helpful, caring, funny, helpful and a real sense of community.”

Clint Carlson

Belfast, Northern Ireland / online support

Nominated by Colette Moore, Belfast resident

“Clint has provided us with online parties almost every Saturday evening right through the lockdown.
With his enthusiasm and joyful personality he has encouraged us to sing along and toast to life. This meant that we had lockdown parties to look forward to and for a couple of hours every week we could forget our depressing circumstances and just have a sense of belonging, even though we couldn’t touch one another or get a hug. Because this was online Clint didn’t only touch and influenced people in the UK in this joyful manner but literally whoever tuned in worldwide.”

Sue Slater

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Nominated by Nikki Savage, ENCIRCLES Trustee

“Sue has been volunteering at the community meal every Sunday for almost two years. Since the first lockdown, this has had to change to a takeaway service of a hot lunch and a supper bag.  Sue makes all the sandwiches and bags up the cakes to put in the supper bags, always adding extra sweet surprises that she purchases every week. She then cleans down the whole hall and kitchen when the cooks have finished and are out delivering the food. We are proud to nominate Sue as a Community Hero for her unwavering commitment to help provide food to those in need every week and for rising to the challenge of doing that in a different way during the pandemic – and always with a smile!”

Diane McNaught

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nominated by Andrew Irvine, East Belfast Mission

“While our Cafe has been closed under COVID-19 Local Restrictions, Diane has continued to lead a small team to deliver some 30 hot meals everyday to people alone and vulnerable in the East Belfast Community. While Diane and her team, along with others on the front line, about their own safety and the safety of their families, Diane has worked relentlessly and led with compassion since February 2020 to ensure those hot meals go out everyday. Diane has a huge heart for other people and always leads by example and with humour. What an example!”

Jahswill Emmanuel

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nominated by Latif Gumah, Multi-Ethnic Sports & Cultures NI

“Never a more deserving role model and volunteer within our BAME communities he is truly inspirational always there when you need support and guidance along with having a family of his own he will always go above and beyond for others and we the members of the BAME, Ethnic minority and Refugees/ Asylum Seekers communities are eternally grateful.”

Richard Wadey

Ashford, Kent

Nominated by Helen Fisher, Sustrans

“During Covid walking and cycling locally have been activities which have helped many, many people keep their mental and physical balance, boosting spirits along the way. Community Route Champion Richard quietly, diligently and with dedication keeps an eye on the off-road cycle routes in his neighbourhood doing simple tasks such as litter picking, snipping stray vegetation and reporting problems to the local council so they can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. When people use these routes for essential journeys and welcome exercise they won’t realise that Community Route Champion Richard is key to keeping them in the best possible condition.”

Adrian Linington

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Nominated by Nikki Savage, ENCIRCLES Trustee

“Adrian is a 69 year old Army Veteran who became a volunteer for ENCIRCLES in July 2020. Initially, he was going to collect end of day food from Pret 2 days a week to help out. Within a week, Adrian took on collecting from both Pret and Greggs 3-4 days per week; not only collecting the food, but bagging it all up and delivering it to the food distribution point at 7pm each evening.  We are proud to nominate Adrian as a Community Hero for his can-do attitude and for always being the first to offer to stand in and help out whenever needed. No fuss, no hassle – he just gets on with it!”

Kim Ireland

Southampton, Hampshire

Nominated by Josh Allen, Sustrans

“Kim is is an amazing community champion who is great at coming up with big new ideas to support the community as well as connecting individuals together in the community to mutually support each other.

During school holidays she helped lead activity trails for 100s of people in the woods, spending all day signing people in and out, despite the cold and rain. She also has developed her ‘ditch the stabilisers’ coaching skills having supported all of our sessions throughout the summer gaining confidence throughout and really helping parents work out how to help their kids get riding.”

Sinead Mc Kinley

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Elaine Burns, Ardoyne Association

“Co-ordinator of North Belfast Advice Partnership, however over this last year she has served the city 7 days a week co ordinating COVID19 community response meeting essential food & fuel needs through our food bank, set up essential shoo service, hot meals delivered to elderly & those sheilding she has managed to deliver a range of programmes to address isolation & lonliness helping over 10000 people during COVID. The biggest acheivement was her ability to co ordinate our citys biggest xmas toy & hamper appeal. She brought 50 organisation together who collectively worked together from SSE arena to supported 3500 families all impacted job loss, furlough, families home schooling struggling with increased utility costs, food & fuel poverty.”

Samantha Hudson

Derby, Derbyshire

Nominated by Adam Slater, Derby West Indian Community Association

As any of her dance troupe will attest. Samantha Hudson has been a great teacher, motivator and friend to many young people over the years. Samantha has spent lots of her time volunteering  on a number of refugee and homeless projects in Derby to go alongside the dance teaching work and is always seen helping where she can at the Derby West Indian Association, a charity that supports the black community in Derby. After decades of helping others, it’s time she gets the recognition she deserves!

Natasha Barley

Hull, UK

Nominated by Rosanna James, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University

“Natasha is the Director of a small charity that works with disadvantaged children in East Yorkshire. She realised that many children in the area were unable to access learning from home as they didn’t have a suitable device or a Wifi connection. Natasha quickly created the “Stop the Digital Divide” campaign and called upon the local community to donate funds to buy devices, or to donate second had laptops and tablets. In a space of just 6 weeks Natasha gained over £100,000 of funding and arranged the delivery of over 800 devices to local children.

Natasha passionately believes that every child deserves the chance to succeed. By giving these children access to learning whilst at home she has ensured that they don’t fall behind.”

Carla & Laik Ecola

London

Nominated by Jesse Ashman, The Outside Project

Carla and Laik have both volunteered countless hours setting up the project, fundraising from the ground up and at times even living on site to ensure the success of the homeless shelter. During the pandemic Laik has worked as both a director of the project as well as a cleaner in the shelter and Carla worked as a director and opened two new services – STAR refuge, a domestic violence refuge for LGBTIQ+ people and emergency COVID hotel outreach. This has been a lifeline for so many homeless LGBTIQ+ people who need safe spaces to stay where they can be both supported and celebrated.

Duncan Law

Brixton, London

Nominated by Simon Nash, GreenOil

“From helping found the Brixton Pound to Transition Town Brixton and working for Bio Fuel watch, Duncan Law is a true environmentalist of our time.”

Fred Kerley

 Potterne, Wiltshire

Nominated by Cllr Anna Cuthbert, Wiltshire Council

“I am nominating Fred Kerley, Chairman of Potterne Cricket Club. The Club does so much for our local community, raising money for local and National charities, supporting young players with their health and well-being, nurturing talent from overseas as well as in Devizes area. Throughout the pandemic Fred has supported the keyworkers in the village and raised thousands of pounds to be able to give each keyworker a £40 gift voucher. Fred visited almost all of them himself to thank them for their work!”

Carin Lord

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Nominated by Jenny Plummer, High Wycombe Mutual Aid

“Carin has been part of High Wycombe mutual aid since its inception in March as part of our local community response to Covid. She has been volunteering as part of our matching team since the start, and supporting the organisation with their social media communications. In the matching Team she has been working to match people who need help such as shopping, prescription collection and friendly phone calls with one of our 200 volunteers. On top of this she has also taken on numerous people to support herself. She is a core member of our team and supports our volunteers and us as a team. Carin achieves all of this on top of home schooling and I don’t know how she does it!”

Teresa Young

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Nominated by Jenny Plummer, High Wycombe Mutual Aid

“Teresa has been part of High Wycombe mutual aid since its inception in March as part of our local community response to Covid. She has been volunteering as part of our matching team since the start, working to match people who need help such as shopping, prescription collection and friendly phone calls with one of our 200 volunteers. On top of this she has also taken on numerous people to support. She is a core member of our team and supports our volunteers and us as a team. The photo is from Christmas where she was helping to deliver 200 presents to isolated locals. Her community spirit is inspiring.”

* Please note that big not-for-profit organisations can nominate up to 3 volunteers as our Community Heroes.

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