Haringey Expo 2018

Posted by: Jenny Carter on December,3rd,2018

The 2018 Haringey Community and Voluntary Sector Expo took place on the 29 November 2018 at Tottenham Town Hall. With over 700 people attending, it was bigger and better than ever. The event was a celebration of the outstanding achievements of Haringey’s Voluntary and Community Sector.  There were stalls, presentations and performances which all aimed to show some of the amazing work that goes on in Haringey.

Over 45 organisations exhibited their work in the main Hall including signing up volunteers. The event also featured Walton McClaren of Outsider Music who entertained the crowd with his great music performance. The exhibitors and participants were from a wide spectrum of services including children, adults, leisure, health, environment and many more.

Central to the day were two discussion panels featuring local experts, decision makers, and members of the public, openly airing their views on issues that are important to the people of Haringey. The first panel discussion covered “Arts and Culture in Haringey” and the second dealt with “Serious Youth Violence.”  Members of the public and representatives from local organisations heard from panel members, asked questions and made suggestions on how communities and services could work together around these issues. Many people found the discussions informative, and both panel discussions ended with positive proposals for addressing these issues in Haringey.

The Haringey Expo ended with the Community Impact Awards which were given to outstanding individuals, grassroots community groups and voluntary organisations to recognise their fantastic work and achievements in changing lives of Haringey residents. Awards were presented by Councillor Mark Blake, Cabinet Member for Communities, Safety and Engagement, Captain (Retired) Peter Baker, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Haringey and Jon Polledri, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Estates who sponsored the Expo event.

Captain (Retired) Peter Baker said:

“Thank you for inviting me and it was a pleasure and a privilege to attend and to hand out some of the awards.  As I said it is both humbling and inspiring to meet so many people from the Voluntary and Community Sector in Haringey and North London who give so much of themselves for the benefit of others.”

Rachel Hughes, Chair of the Bridge Renewal Trust said:

“A big thank you to everyone who contributed and made our third annual expo event held in the Tottenham Town Hall a great success.  With over 700 people attending, this was our best expo event ever! It was great to see residents and partners coming together to showcase and celebrate the fantastic work of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Haringey.”

The Bridge Renewal Trust would like to thank everyone who came along to support the Expo, and of course congratulations to our 2018 Community Impact Award Winners!

Community Impact Award Winners 2018 are as follows:

  1. Improving the lives of children and young people in Haringey 2018

Highly commended: Streetz Ahead
High commended: Engine Room (Nailah Daley Allen)

Winner: Haringey Shed

  1. Improving the health and wellbeing of Haringey residents 2018

Highly commended: Breadline London (Marie Henry)
High commended: Breastfeeding Network (Vanisha Virgo)

Winner: Sickle Cell Cause

  1. Improving the skills and prosperity of Haringey residents, 2018

Highly commended: The Flower Bank
High commended: HR Sports Academy

Winner: Tottenham Theatre

  1. Improving access to housing and inclusive communities for Haringey residents, 2018

Highly commended: St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust (StART)
High commended: ARK Resettlement Service

Winner: Causeway Irish Housing Association

  1. Improving the environment and community safety in Haringey 2018

Highly commended: Woodcraft Folk (Val Paley)
High commended: To Find a Balance

Winner: RISE Projects

  1. Community Impact School of Year 2018

Highly commended: Hornsey High School for Girls

Winner: London Academy of Excellence Tottenham

  1. Haringey Young Hero (Volunteer) of the Year 2018

Highly commended: Ezra Mortimer
High commended: London Academy of Excellence

Winner: Hornsey High School for Girls

  1. Haringey Hero (Volunteer) of the Year 2018

Highly commended: Samantha Greaves (Sickle Cell Cause)
High commended: Martin Laheen (The Flower Bank)

Winner: Catalina Ballanoiu (My Action for Kids)

  1. Voluntary and Community Sector Newcomer 2018

Highly commended: 4U2 Your Community & Enterprise NewsMag
High commended: Wheely Tots

Winner: St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust (StART)

  1. Haringey Voluntary and Community Organisation of the Year 2018

Highly commended: New London Performing Arts Centre
High commended: Crutch Haringey

Winner: ARK Resettlement Services


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