The Mayor’s Award scheme was launched in 2017 to recognise those who live, work or study in Lewisham who volunteer time and support to benefit others in our borough.​

This year we are recognising the amazing contribution of so many people who have played a role in the borough’s community response to COVID-19. Almost 200 Nominations were made for individuals, young people aged 21 and under, community groups and voluntary organisations, businesses and for those who have gone above and beyond in a paid role in response to COVID-19. Thank you to all nominees and also those who nominated someone.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year we have had to take a different approach to recognising nominees for the Mayor’s Award. All nominees will receive an award and a selection of nominees’ stories have been made into short videos to illustrate the range and diversity of the contributions. You can watch all of these videos by scrolling down on this page.

Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan

Here is the Mayor of Lewisham with a message about the Mayor’s Awards 2020.

Progress Barbers

As soon as the COVID-19 crisis hit, Damion turned his business Progress Barbers into a foodbank.

John Morgan – Honor Oak Tenants and Residents Association

John Morgan is a Lewisham Homes tenant, and chair of the Honor Oak Tenants and Residents’ Association. Watch this video to see more about how John has been helping those in need in the community.

Downham Mutual Aid

Downham Mutual Aid has been distributing food and essentials to people in Downham since the COVID-19 crisis hit.


Morgan is a member of the Lewisham Young Advisors who was worried about people feeling isolated during lockdown. Despite the challenges he faced during lockdown, he decided to try and cheer up elderly with his weekly online performances.

Panas Gurkha Restaurant

This Restaurant in Lewisham has been providing free meals to people such as frontline workers since the pandemic started. They have already donated over an astonishing 12,000 meals.

Evelyn Community Store

Evelyn Community Store is just one example of how so many dedicated volunteers have made a difference all over Lewisham. Having opened shortly before the COVID-19 crisis hit, they managed to adapt and carry on helping those in need.


Like many young people in Lewisham, Maisie volunteered her time for a good cause during the pandemic. Watch this video to see how Maisie got creative to do this

Feed the Hill

Like other projects in Lewisham, Feed the Hill started small and grew into something much larger with the help of so many amazing volunteers in the community.


Amy, an A-level student in Lewisham, set up free Maths tuition classes for students she was worried might have fallen behind after the first lockdown. These classes turned out to be a great help to many, and very popular.

Lewisham Foodbank

Lewisham Foodbank and their fantastic volunteers quickly rose to the challenge of providing food to a significant amount of people in the borough.

Legendary Community Club

The Legendary Community Club has been providing food to young people and their families in Lewisham. Watch this to hear more about the brilliant work they have been doing.

Familia Project

With a team of committed volunteers, the Familia Project has provided hot meals, a befriending service and more to local residents of Lewisham’s BAME communities.

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