February 2020 • Vision RCL

The National Community Leisure UK Awards are held annually and recognise, celebrate and share the achievements of leisure and culture trusts across the UK.

This year Vision is delighted to have finalists in three categories for the 2020 Awards as follows:

  • Community Impact Award – Arts, Culture and Libraries – for Tech Ilford

An annual festival celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM).  Developed in 2017 as part of our Lab Central digital arts programme, its aim is to engage and inspire young minds and innovators of the future.

  • Outstanding Volunteer Award – Mrs Yashmin Harun 

Yashmin is the Chair of Muslimah Sports Association which supports women and girls from the BAME background in Redbridge to improve physical and mental well-being. This is achieved by creating pathways into sport and physical activity participation, volunteering and coaching, working with the Vision Sport & Health team.

  • Outstanding Employee Achievement Award – Francis Castro, Vision Nature Conservation

Francis secured significant external funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, GLA and Redbridge Council to restore Hainault Ancient Forest. The project will restore buildings and landscape and focus on the health and well-being of residents, developing learning, building stronger communities & improving skills.

The 2020 Awards are a significant and exciting celebration of the sector and we wish all of our finalists the very best of luck. The winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on Wednesday 20 May 2020 at the Science & Industry Museum in Manchester. 

Vision’s Sport & Health team was presented with three Healthy Catering Commitments awards at a ceremony on Tuesday 4 February at Redbridge Town Hall. Two of our venues, Owl’s Play Centre and Redbridge Cycling Centre will proudly display this award. We’re also the first organisation in Redbridge to receive the award for an educational and health programme, Fit, Fed and Read which takes place at Loxford Youth Centre.

Healthy Catering Commitment status is awarded to those organisations that are committed to reducing the levels of saturated fat, salt and sugar in the food sold in their premises. Food consumed outside of the home tends to be higher in saturated fats, salt and sugar than food freshly prepared at home.

Since 2018 Vision has been committed to making small changes to the way we cook, what food we serve and offer smaller portions, if requested, to help improve our customers choices and overall health and wellbeing.

We are delighted that healthier food choices are now available at Owl’s Play Centre, Redbridge Cycling Centre and as part of our Fit, Fed and Read programme at Loxford Youth Centre.

Pictured: The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Zulfiqar Hussain and Vision’s Sport & Health Manager, Alison Burford