“Neighbours make the community you live in” says an Oxford resident after winning GreenSquare’s Good Neighbour Awards 2019.
The awards recognise people in the community who go above and beyond to help make life easier for others and are open to GreenSquare customers in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.
Anne-Laure Guillermain 44, is the winner of the Oxfordshire awards. She lives at Barns Place, a GreenSquare development on Barns Road in Cowley, comprising of 40 contemporary apartments.
She was nominated by her neighbour Magda who said: “Anne has introduced me to other neighbours who I didn’t know and she is also very helpful; when she cooks or bakes something nice she shares her food. She was there for me during a difficult period of my life, despite the fact she didn’t know me that well. Every week she visited for a coffee to make sure I was okay.”
Speaking about her win Anne-Laure, who works as a secretary, said: “I was pretty surprised to be honest. I never expected to win such a prize; you don’t speak to your neighbour to get a prize!
“Neighbours make the community you live in. We are all a part of it, so if we want it friendly we should take the first step by trying to be friendly to our neighbours. We get together and share a cuppa, we have a group picnic, someone organises a lunch out. I think we are less lonely as a result. We watch out for each other and I think that makes Barns Place a better place to live.”
As well as a certificate, Anne-Laure has won a prize of £100, with prizes of £50 going to the runners up: David and Lillian Buy from Charlbury. They were nominated by their neighbour Amanda.
“It was nice to be nominated”, said David, 69, who has lived in Charlbury for 20 years. Amanda is as much a good neighbour to us too really. I think being a good neighbour does help build community spirit.”
Andras Szucs, community involvement officer, said: “Well done to Anne-Laure for winning the Good Neighbour Award; she really deserves it. These awards are a great way to recognise people like her, and the runners up, who make a real difference to the local community where they live.
“Helping someone carry their shopping to front door, offering to walk their dog, or inviting them over for a cup of tea – all these things make a difference. It doesn’t matter how big or small – if you think your neighbour deserves recognition, then nominate them!”
Nominations are open all year round. The next winners and runners-up from each area will be chosen in 2020. Making a nomination is easy, you can do it online or by post.
As well as certificates, winners receive a £100 prize and runners-up receive £50.
More information is available on the website.
You can read about the Wiltshire winner for 2019 here.