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Good Neighbor Spotlight: Meet the Winners of the UK Good Neighbor Awards

Written by Caroline Barrett

Returning for a second year in the UK, the Good Neighbor Awards recognize Nextdoor members who go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. This year Nextdoor UK selected six amazing and inspiring members out of the hundreds of nominations from all across the UK.

All six of the Good Neighbor Award winners have demonstrated their commitment to improving their community, whether that’s building community spirit and inclusion through community events, transforming neighborhood streets and gardens for all to enjoy, driving initiatives that support local crime and safety awareness, or going above and beyond for a specific neighbor in need.  

Meet a few of the 2019 winners of the Nextdoor UK Good Neighbor Awards: 

Elizabeth Robinson Ramos, Liverpool – Elizabeth is committed to making her neighborhood something that the whole community can be proud of, and work together to maintain. Elizabeth transformed her local street into a beautiful oasis. Before, Beaconsfield Street was commonly considered to be unkempt and so she decided to create mini community ecosystems with plants and flowers, as well as organize fun activities for local children, getting them involved in the upkeep of the flower beds and vegetable patches.

Olga & Wayne Johnson, Tunbridge Wells, Kent – Olga’s husband Barry Littlechild, was a BBC producer and film enthusiast who shared his passion of the big screen with the community by converting their garage into a 16-seat cinema. When Barry passed away a few years ago, Olga and their son Wayne decided to carry on his tradition, offering weekly screenings and free refreshments, for all of the neighborhood to enjoy. Olga promotes the film screenings on Nextdoor to ensure everyone knows when they’re holding screenings. Their neighbors love that they provide a place for people of all ages to come together to enjoy the magic of cinema. 

Faydene Gillings-Grant, Birmingham – Faydene is an intrinsic part of making her community feel like home. Originally from Jamaica, Faydene moved to the UK and made Birmingham her home in 1996, instantly involving herself in the community by working as a librarian. In her local area Stechford, she spearheads community clean-ups and has organized England’s ‘In Bloom Project’ for the last three years. She also runs her local food bank, provides free music lessons to local children and does so much more for her local community.

We hope you’re as inspired as we are by these great neighbors in the UK! 

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