We are delighted to share with you the amazing news of Emily Kenward, one of four dedicated members nominated for Brighton & Hove buses ‘Above & Beyond’ campaign.
She has been recognised as ‘Community Champion’ having gone above & beyond in her daily life to make Brighton & Hove an even better place to be.
Her face and that of other ‘Community Champions’ will be on Brighton & Hove route 1 buses who go Above & Beyond.
Lets celebrate these wonderful people and organisations that go the extra mile in making a positive impact on the lives of local people.
See Brighton & Hove website for full details:
Emily Kenward believes passionately in the power of friendship to change people’s lives. After losing her beloved grandmother, Emily began wondering how she could make life better for the city’s elderly. Knowing that loneliness is a huge issue for older people, she gave up a successful career in marketing to create Time to Talk Befriending. Launched in 2013, the charity offers friendship and community to older people in East Sussex.
The Charity also works together with Sussex Indian Punjabi Society and other local BAME groups to raise awareness of loneliness during COVID19 and how it’s impact on social well-being can be improved.
Known for her ‘smile as big as her heart’, Emily has recruited a team of volunteers to bring companionship and connection to seniors. And in the process, many life-changing friendships have been forged.
When the pandemic started Emily was quick to take action, offering phone support and distributing emergency food parcels to homes. Every food parcel included two fresh home-cooked meals from a local chef and in total, over 3000 were delivered to those most in need. As well as this, Emily recruited an incredible 200 extra volunteers to help beat lockdown isolation.
Emily’s work has also received a number of awards and nominations, including the National Lottery Good Cause Community Champion Award and The Argus Community Stars Award. Supported by her team of staff and over 500 volunteers, she pours her heart and soul into the charity every single day of the year, including at Christmas.
As one volunteer says:
‘Emily sends ripples of love and care into the community, helping hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people across Brighton and Hove. She has been a lifeline for many, giving them a sense of purpose and a new zest for life. Emily is a Brighton treasure.’