Over 700 people attended the fourth annual Haringey Community and Voluntary Sector Expo which took place on 29 November 2019 at Tottenham Town Hall. This year’s expo was bigger and better than ever.

The event which showcased the amazing work and achievements of Haringey’s Voluntary and Community Sector featured exhibitions and presentations by over 45 organisations working in the borough. The day not only provided a good networking opportunity for organisations, it also allowed members of the public see and hear more about local services – including health, young people, employment, environment, community safety and volunteering.

The panel discussions brought together top decision makers and experts who shared their views and helped to raise awareness on two issues that are important to the people of Haringey. The first panel discussion covered ‘Haringey Giving and Resilience – how can we support residents to improve their lives?’   This session introduced to Haringey Giving - a new and independent initiative to enable people to give time, talents and funds to local good causes, and to act on the things that matter to them. The second dealt with ‘Safeguarding and modern slavery – how can we identify and address problems?’ Safeguarding addresses an increasingly concerning topic regarding the protection of children, young people and adults who are at risk from abuse or neglect. Modern slavery commonly involves people being trafficked into forced labour in industries such as agriculture, construction, hospitality, manufacturing, car washes and sexual exploitation.

Members of the public and representatives from local organisations asked questions, exchanged views with the panel members and helped to identify ways of addressing these issues in Haringey.

The highlight of the event was the Community Impact Awards which were presented to outstanding individuals, grassroots community groups and voluntary organisations to recognise their hard work and achievements in changing the lives of Haringey residents. The awards were presented by Gary Mabbutt MBE, Tottenham Hotspur FC Ambassador and former Captain and Peter Baker, Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Haringey.

Rachel Hughes, Chair of the Bridge Renewal Trust said:

“The annual expo has become one of the best and most exciting events in Haringey. 2019 has been another huge year and it was great to see residents and partners coming together to celebrate the fantastic work of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Haringey”.

Haringey Voluntary and Community Sector Expo 2019

The Bridge Renewal Trust would like to thank everyone who came along to support the Expo, and of course congratulations to our 2019 Community Impact Award Winners!

Community Impact Award Winners 2019 are as follows:

Improving the health and wellbeing of Haringey residents 2019

Highly commended: Sickle Cell Cause
High commended: Mind in Haringey
Winner: Bringing Unity Back Into The Community (BUBIC) - Beverlee Williams

Improving the skills and prosperity of Haringey residents, 2019

Highly commended: MLB Learning Solutions
High commended: HR Sports Academy
Winner: Haringey Shed

Haringey Young Hero (Volunteer) of the Year 2019

Highly commended: Kezia Carr- Melhuish
High commended: Woodside High School (Peer Mentoring)
Winner: Jack Greaves

Haringey Hero (Volunteer) of the Year 2019

Highly commended: Dough Sager
High commended: Catherine Ling
Winner: Hesketh Benoit

Improving the lives of children and young people in Haringey 2019

Highly commended: Haringey Sports Development Trust
High commended: Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation
Winner: Haringey Pirates

Community Impact School of Year 2019

Highly commended: Generation Exchange and Woodside High School
Highly commended: Hornsey School for Girls
Winner: Woodside High School

Improving access to housing and inclusive communities for Haringey residents, 2019

Highly commended: 4u2 Magazine
High commended: ARK Resettlement Service
Winner: Wise Thoughts

Improving the environment and community safety in Haringey 2019

Highly commended: Selby Trust
High commended: Estates Elite Recycling (Robert Thairu)
Winner: Lordship Lane Primary School 

Voluntary and Community Sector Newcomer 2019

Highly commended: Friends of Hartington Park and Carbuncle Passage (Secretary Corinne Roberts)
High commended: Community Cook Up
Winner: Highway House 

Haringey Voluntary and Community Organisation of the Year 2019

Highly commended: Haringey Shed
High commended: Living Under One Sun
Winner: Tottenham Food Hub