Colin Crooks and the Tree Shepherd team celebrated last night as they won the prestigious Innovation and Enterprise Award at the glittering Lambeth Community Pride Awards 2016, hosted at the Oval Cricket Ground.
In the words of Councillor Saleha Jaffer, Mayor of Lambeth, ‘The awards recognise people who care about their local community and make a positive contribution to the lives of others. Your efforts to make this community a better place to live are equally appreciated by your fellow citizens and the council.’
The Award for Innovation and Enterprise awards an individual or group who improves the wellbeing for residents and the community in the local area in new and innovative ways.
Colin Crooks started Tree Shepherd in 2011, and has been supporting the more disadvantaged members of the Lambeth community, seeking out areas in the borough in particular need – estates such as Angell Town, Tulse Hill, Stockwell, Loughborough Junction and setting up enterprise programmes that help entire communities. He also founded the Forest Foundation to raise money for Lambeth’s low income start-ups.
On receiving the Award he said:
‘This is utterly fabulous, we are speechless! We have been working for three years to help people get businesses started, it’s what we do, we just get on with it.
‘To be nominated is a real honour. We recruit in housing estates and work with people’s ideas, supporting them to turn their ideas into a living. It’s quite extraordinary. I have an amazing team but we also work with incredible people. There are currently 650 residents involved, and the interest in the borough is phenomenal. We form self-help groups to help people learn from each other. The key business skill is to learn to listen – we encourage our entrepreneurs to listen really hard to what customers want. What a fantastic night!’
You can listen to the full interview with Colourful Radio here
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