Lambeth’s unique awards event for business, community and young people went online on 2 March. Co-hosts Shaff and Malvina from Lambeth Made were joined by guests from across Lambeth’s community to present the awards.

The event celebrated fantastic work by businesses and organisations supporting young people in Lambeth. Young people were also rewarded for their desire to succeed against the odds.

The Community Impact gold award was shared by two organisations who use music to inspire.

Michelle Killington, of Vinyl Memories, said “Receiving the award has allowed me to feel truly valued at a time when working on a lengthy project was challenging and frustrating.”

Andy Gray of Junior Open Mic, who hold free open mic nights that show off young people’s musical talents, said: “We’re just a group of volunteers helping young people feel special. I hope this recognition will encourage even more young people to step up and perform, and volunteers to step up and help them.”

Jessica Taylor got the Exceptional Young Apprentice gold award for her progress in her childcare apprenticeship against the challenges of the pandemic.

Other winners were:

St George’s Hospital for working under the toughest circumstances to make sure their apprentices succeeded

The National Trust, which got 60 young volunteers developing safe outdoor space at Morden Park Hall last summer.

Saint Gabriel’s College won the London Living Wage award for making sure everyone working for them is paid a living wage.

Four Communications support for the vision of a sustainable youth sector in Lambeth won them the Lambeth Youth Opportunities Fund Gold Award.

The Awards event was the second major Lambeth Made led online event since coronavirus shut us all down. It followed the UNLOCK Learner Award Ceremony last October.

Lambeth Made organised the event with Lambeth College, LDN Apprenticeships and the Lambeth Youth Opportunities Fund.

For more information about the awards contact Malvina on MEdwardsDrayton@lambeth.gov.uk