This year’s winners of the Iris Simmons Community Award were recognised at a ceremony on 27 April 2016 at Crown Simmons Housing’s Head Office in Esher. The Award, which was established to recognise the work of Iris Simmons, the former Mayor of Elmbridge and Crown Simmons Housing founder before her death in 2013, and in particular her passion for supporting older people.
The winners of year’s awards were The Freewheelers Theatre and Media Company and the Silver and Gold Club.
The Freewheelers Theatre and Media Company work with members of the community to create productions and carry out workshops to support older and disabled people through drama, dance and theatre. They are going to use the funds to extend and develop a media program for older and disabled people in the borough.
The Silver and Gold Club meet every Tuesday between 2pm – 4pm at the Lower Green Community Centre. They have invited guests and arranged outings for older and disabled people in Esher. They will be using the funds to support their activity program and reduce social isolation in Esher.
Paul Yates, Chief Executive of Crown Simmons Housing, said: “This is the second year of our partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council to honour the work of our founder Iris Simmons. Iris did so much for the local community and I am really pleased that this year we’ve been able to provide assistance to two local groups, who will be using the funding to tackle social isolation amongst older people in Elmbridge. I’d also like to thank KNK Group, William Lacey Group and Smith & Byford who provided additional sponsorship.”
Councillor Christine Elmer Social Portfolio Holder Elmbridge Borough Council comments, “I was pleased to be invited to the ceremony to award two worthwhile groups. I have seen the work of these two organizations and the real difference it makes to people’s lives and I look forward to seeing what the future has for these two groups”.