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Safety Forum chair receives Community Works Sector Star Award

Besi Besemar November 13, 2016

Billie Lewis, chair of Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum receives Best member of a Committee or Trustee Board accolade at the Sector Star Awards.

Billie Lewis (far right) Chair of Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum

The Sector Star Awards celebrate local community and voluntary sector activity, while recognising the contributions of volunteers and staff who change the lives of people in the city.

Winners in twelve categories were honoured in a star-studded ceremony organised by Community Works at the Komedia theatre, on Tuesday, November 8.

The awards, now in their fourth year, were supported by American Express¬ģ¬†and judged by a panel of experts drawn from local public agencies, businesses and the local community.

Billie Lewis received the award for Best member of a Committee or Trustee Board for his outstanding commitment going above and beyond the call of duty over many years to consistently support the development of the Brighton & Hove, LGBT Community Safety Forum

Billie received the most nominations in the category along with Dave Ely from Safety Net a charity who work to keep children and families safe through support and training.

A client who received help and support from the LGBT Community Safety Forum, wrote in their nomination letter how getting help and support from Billie stopped them from committing suicide.

The ceremony was attended by over 200 people from local communities and included guests from the local Council, Clinical Commissioning Group, businesses, and was hosted by local comedian, Drew Cameron.

Twelve awards were presented to young and adult volunteers, community workers and organisations, in recognition of their dedication and achievements in changing peoples lives while making our communities in Brighton and Hove better and safer places to live.

Sally Polanski
Sally Polanski

Sally Polanski, CEO of Community Works, said: “The awards were a huge success and it was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the dedication, creativity and talent of those who work tirelessly every day to improve lives in our local communities.

“Thank you to the judges and to Drew Cameron for their involvement, and to our awards supporters, American Express, and individual award supporters Brightminded, Brighton & Hove buses, and City College Brighton and Hove.

‚ÄúAnd thank you to everyone who made a nomination, and who attended and made the evening such a success. It was wonderful to celebrate the amazing community and voluntary activity happening locally.‚ÄĚ

Community Works ensures that voluntary and community action has the greatest possible impact on people in the local area, providing support to over 500 charities, community groups and social enterprises, all of which are working to improve the lives of 10,000s of people every day.

Community Works also helps people looking to volunteer to find the right option for them, and connects local businesses and public agencies with voluntary and community activity taking place locally.

For full list of winners in the Star Sector Awards, click here:

For more information about the LGBT Community Safety Forum, click here: