Kingston volunteer humbled by her award for helping housing tenants

Humbled award winner Raewyn Hammond

Kingston resident, Raewyn Hammond, has received the 2018 Frances Moseley Community Award for her tireless commitment to improving the lives of council tenants.

Voted for by tenants, the award in memory of Councillor Frances Moseley, recognises people who are passionate about, and promote community involvement in local decision making.

Award-winner Raewyn, is a volunteer resident representative on the council’s housing sub- committee, a member of the housing repairs’ panel and an active participant of KRiSP, the independent resident scrutiny body.

With KRiSP Raewyn recently chaired and completed an in-depth and insightful review into sheltered housing.

When Raewyn found out she had been nominated for the award she said she was humbled and explained:

“I am only seeking to help those who find it difficult to do things for themselves and I want to give something back to those in the community where I live.”

Confirming Raewyn as the 2018 award winner, the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Julie Pickering, said:

“Raewyn is a kind and caring individual who always goes the extra mile to play her part to ensure that her community has the services it needs, making an outstanding contribution to supporting local residents in Kingston.

“Raewyn had no expectation of being recognised or thanked for her voluntary work, nor does she see herself as doing more than any of the rest of us, but of course we all know Raewyn does a lot more than most. This award is just a small acknowledgement to recognise a fellow citizen on behalf of the people she serves so generously.

“All of what Raewyn does is testament to her thoughtfulness, her desire to help other people, her humility and her simple humanity. In memory of an exceptional colleague it gives me great pleasure to present the 2018 Frances Moseley Community Award to Raewyn Hammond.”

Raewyn was announced as the winner at the Kingston Housing Conference on Thursday 22 February. Close friend, Daphne Donnison, accepted the award on her behalf.

Highly commended

Also singled out for praise by the Mayor were:

  • Kingston Council officer, Ray Austin, for his dedication and focus, and for ensuring residents have fair representation.
  • Resident, Brian Wilson, for improving the wellbeing of tenants with regular social events and excursions.