‘Unsung Heroes’ honoured by Children’s Centres

Published: 6 December 2018

The contribution and successes of volunteers and adult learners were celebrated at an award ceremony at City Gates in Ilford.

Attended by Mike Gapes MP, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Cllr Elaine Norman and Cllr Bob Littlewood, Cabinet Member for Crime, Safety and Community Cohesion, the Deputy Mayor and local councillors, the awards celebrated over 40 parents of young children who successfully completed courses or who exceeded expectations as volunteers.

Cllr Norman said: “Today was our chance to thank those who give selflessly as volunteers and help Children’s Centres extend the work they do to help very young children have the best start in life. This also celebrates the learners who have shown such determination to improve their English, maths and vocational skills to help them find work”. 

The event praised the work of 324 volunteers within Children’s Centres since the programme started in 2013.  Volunteering provides many of the adults - the majority of those who have children under five and many who may not have worked in the UK before - vital experience, skills and confidence to take the first steps to work.

Those recognised were:

Adult Learners of the Year - Vocationally Recognised Qualifications

Abida Naureen

Farha Sultana

Jarmila Ourednikova

Farhana Uddin

Ruby Nayyar  (Overall Adult Learner (VRQ’s) of the Year 2018)

Rajani Chintakindi

Anu Kapoor

Mahrukh Tariq

Maryam Ali

Rashpal Kaur Boora

Gurninder Kaur

Minara Binta Alam

Elena Ivanova Tsoneva

Armeen Mahbub

Hasina Achiche

Adult Learners of the Year - ESOL and English Conversation

Rakhshanda Faraz (Overall Adult Learner (ESOL and English Conversation) of the Year 2018

Sridevi Ganesh 

Iffatara Lucky

Ruqayaa Bibi

Gulnaz Bibi

Madiha Faisal

Naila Basharat

Sultana Begum

Rashma Ahmed

Najis Mahomed

Maria Ghafoor

Volunteers of the Year – Working in Children’s Centres

Souad Negal (Redbridge Children’s Centre Volunteer of the Year 2018)

Fatimah Khanam

Najla Aboud

Ilham Ahmad

Baldip Bhamra

Tahmeena Chowdhury

Shamima Jahan

Archana Samal

Farah Deeba

Rashpal Sekhon

Richa Jaloree

Volunteers of the Year – Parent Champions

Mehvish Mahmood (Redbridge Children’s Centres Parent Champion of the Year 2018)

Nida Salahuddin

Aura Budurin

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