Community awards


We are delighted to invite you to join us at our 2019 community awards evening

The evening kicks off at 5.30pm on Wednesday 27 March.

Following welcomes and refreshments we will be announcing the winners of the Adiaha Antigha community achievement awards and the Gary Francis young people’s awards. Followed by music and networking.

Booking essential. Click here to reserve your place.

The Adiaha Antigha Awards celebrate the best voluntary and community work in Hackney. 

Adiaha Antigha was our founder and we hold the achievement awards in her memory.

This year’s categories are for the individual or organisation that have done the best work on:

  • women’s rights
  • campaigning against poverty
  • sharing the voices & stories of Hackney communities
  • innovative digital solutions for community issues (older people or youth).

The Gary Francis Achievement Awards are held each year to recognise local young people who achieve against the odds.

Gary Francis was Hackney CVS’ Youth Programmes Manager. Over 6 years he secured nearly £2m for projects working with disadvantaged young people. Gary was a key figure in the local community and his knowledge and expertise helped to shape the Borough’s approach to tackling youth crime by ensuring a focus on giving young people opportunities to achieve their best.

Sadly, Gary passed away from cancer in 2012 . We hold the annual awards to remember his achievements and to celebrate the achievements of some amazing local young people.

Winners will receive a one off payment of £250 and an achievement certificate.

Read more about Gary Francis awards

Read more about Gary’s life and work



Gary was an inspiration to young people in Hackney and greatly respected by all the partners. Gary was a great guy who will be sadly missed.

Steve Bending, Hackney’s former Borough Commander

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