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St Matthew's Community Hero Awards

Awards will be made every month.

Our community’s strength is the people within it. We know that many people on St Matthew's go above and beyond to support and help the local community, with little to no recognition for this. That’s why we’re launching ‘St Matthew's Community Heroes’, to shine a light on those local heroes who are the backbone of our community. We want to give you the opportunity to nominate a friend, neighbour, local organisation, or someone you know, whom you think deserves to be treated for their hard work and selflessness.


Every month St Matthew's Big Local will review the nominations, to decide who the winner is. For example, this may be someone who has engaged in a community initiative, helped out a neighbour in need, or even just provided a listening ear when somebody needed it the most. We really want to hear your stories and celebrate your successes.

The winner will be awarded a small gift and a certificate to say 'Thank you' for going that extra mile.

We will also post a picture of the winner on our social media channels and website and a small story of why they are our Community Hero.

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Terms and Conditions


  • Each month, from September 2020, representatives of the St Matthews Big Local Board of Trustees will select one winner of the St Matthews Community Heroes award. 



  • The person that you nominate must be a St Matthew's resident or a worker/volunteer on the St Matthew's estate but not an employee or Trustee of St Matthew's Big Local


  • You must provide a contact name, address and telephone number for yourself and the person you are nominating.


  • Nominations must be made via our online or offline application forms. 


  • We may contact you for further details as to why you are nominating this individual. 


  • Each Local Community Hero winner can only be nominated for an award six months after winning. 


  • Local Community Heroes and their nominators may be asked to take part in publicity on different social media platforms e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.  Photographs of winners will be displayed in St Matthew’s House.


  • All of the information provided in the application form will be safeguarded, in compliance with GDPR.

  • Awards will be made monthly where nominations are recived. Where no nominations are received St Matthews Big Local reserves the right to nominate someone who they believe have met the qualifying criteria.




St Matthews Big Local reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise alter these rules from time-to-time. 


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (Sept 2020)

We are so very pleased to award a very special person Ghada Elazabi St Matthews very first Community Hero award.

She received 14 nominations from members of the community who hold her in the highest regards.

She was instrumental in setting up and running of the women's cafe and making it such a great success, she has helped her neighbours throughout lockdown with practical support and a listening ear.

We were pleased on behalf of the community to present her with flowers, a certificate and a £50 gift voucher for a local restaurant.

Well done Ghada.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (Oct/Nov 2020)

Well done to Kamran Hasmani who was nominated for St Matthew's Community Hero and is one of our two heroes this month. 

We were pleased to award Kamran with a £50 gift voucher and a certificate as a small token of our appreciation for what he does locally. 


One nominee said, "I would like to nominate Kamran based on his support with the local community during these unprecedented times and putting himself at risk. During the Covid lockdown, Kamran went out of his way to ensure he aided his local community with food parcels. Kamran is an individual who lives and breathes for his local community St Matthew's.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (Oct/Nov 2020)

This month we have a second St Matthew's Community Hero - Warda.


Warda is highly respected and has been nominated by several members of the community. She has been particularly recognised by members of the Women’s Cafe who describe her as being, ‘Friendly, supportive and very helpful’.

Congratulations Warda! We hope you enjoy the gift voucher and thanks for all you do to make St Matthew's a better place for everyone.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (Dec 2020)

Congratulations to our two worthy St Matthews Community Heroes for December.

Chris Dee received nominations from the community for his dedication to supporting local residents through his bike repair business and the works he has done over the past few years in helping to co-ordinate and support the smooth running of St Matthews Park Day. Chris can often be seen around our community with a cheery smile. A well-deserved winner.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (Dec 2020)

Rebecca (Who's very camera shy) received a nomination for her hard work and dedication to volunteering in our community. Despite her busy family, she always finds time to help with numerous projects, especially the St Matthews foodbank. She always works diligently and without fuss. Thank you for all you do Rebecca and well done.

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St Matthews Community Hero Award. (Jan 2021)

Saida Abdi was nominated by over 14 people who spoke of how active, wonderful, kind and humble she is. She has always supported her community and particularly during lockdown she has been helping out her neighbours and is always willing to give up her time to help other. 


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (Feb 2021)

We had the pleasure today to award Jean Williams with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for all the hard work that she carries out behind the scenes on St Matthews. She has worked particularly hard this year with all the Covid restrictions, doing lots of work that is often unseen.
She is a true hero in our community and on behalf of the community, we thank her.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (March 2021)

Congratulations to Lata (she’s camera shy) being presented with a £50 voucher and certificate by our chair, Lee Nicholls, to say thank you for supporting her neighbours during the pandemic and being this month's St Matthew’s Community Hero.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (May 2021)

St Matthews' Community Heroes of the month is the staff at Taylor Road School who were nominated for going that extra mile especially over the past year during the pandemic. We were pleased to present them with some yummy @krispykreme donuts to say THANKYOU!


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (June 2021)

Congratulations to Mr Pete Whitmore who was nominated by a local resident who was impressed with his commitment to go above and beyond in keeping the local residential courtyard clean and tidy and by adding plants and colour which cheer up all of the local residents. We were pleased to award Peter with a certificate of thanks and a £50 B&Q voucher to say thank you.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (July 2021)

Congratulations to Rizwana who was nominated as this month's St Matthews' Community Hero. Despite some personal challenges, she has been described as always being there for her neighbours - she always makes time to check on her neighbours and makes time for a friendly chat.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (August 2021)

This month's St Matthews' Community Hero is Yoge Chauhan. Yoge is well known in St Matthews and is always helpful and cheerful and helping many of the young people he works with at the What Cabin.

Thank you Yoge for the difference you make to our community.

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St Matthews Community Hero Award. (September 2021)

St Matthews Big Local was pleased to receive a nomination this month from a local resident who nominated Gavan Wilmot for this month's St Matthews' Community Hero.

The nomination said, 'Gavan has been a role model to many of the people from the estate. His hard work and passion to help the youth in the area has led to many success stories. What he has done for the youth and continues to do for the people of St Matthews is incredible. His presence in the St Matthews' Dynamos football team has allowed the club to continue to work hard and make an impact on many more lives'.

Well done Gavan, you're a true community hero.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (October 2021)

St Matthews Big Local is pleased to give this award to our beat officer PC Nicky Whitehead as this month's St Matthews' Community Hero.

PC Nicky has run the London Marathon on behalf of our charity.

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St Matthews Community Hero Award. (December 2021)

Our St Matthews' Community Hero for this month is Rene. She has been a longstanding volunteer on St Matthews. She has lived on the estate for over 50 years and has ran a lunch club for over 25 years attended by 100's of our elderly community during the years. Thank you Rene.


St Matthews Community Hero Award. (March 2024)


Congratulations Vanessa, Our St. Matthews Hero of the Month!

We are thrilled to announce Vanessa as the well-deserved recipient of this month's St. Matthews Hero Award! Vanessa's dedication and tireless efforts in volunteering at various events and activities across our estate have not gone unnoticed. Her selflessness and commitment have made a significant impact on our community, and we couldn't be more grateful.


To express our sincere appreciation, we are delighted to present Vanessa with a £50 gift voucher as a token of our gratitude. This is just a small gesture to acknowledge the incredible work she has done and continues to do for the betterment of St. Matthews.

Vanessa, your generosity, compassion, and unwavering support inspire us all. Thank you for being a shining example of kindness and community spirit. Your contributions make St. Matthews a brighter and more vibrant place for everyone.
Once again, congratulations Vanessa! Your dedication truly makes you a hero in our community. Keep shining bright!

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