Peckham based People Empowering People, (PemPeople for short) founder, director and community enabler Nicholas Okwulu have made it to the nomination finals of the 'Lockdown Hero' for Southwark Chambers Commerce Business Resilience Awards.   

"To be nominated for this local and prestigious award is very exciting, Nicholas has certainly been a lock down hero!
The team at Pempeople is not about awards, it is about communities, the lives of local people and opportunities, ensuring that there are real opportunities to engage with the changes around them, especially the regeneration around the Old Kent Road now and in the future.

Nicholas is 100% South London and has been connected to Southwark for almost 27 years as a resident as well as leading a grassroot local social enterprise always with the aim of helping local residents overcome barriers in getting their project off the ground". Says Cedric Whilby, Community Southwark Trustee Board member.

Take a look at the project:

Southwark Business Resilience Awards 

Elephant & Castle Town Centre are sponsoring the Local Lockdown Hero award. Community Director, Diana Barranco, explains why it was important for them to get involved:

"Everyone knows how difficult the last year and a half has been for everyone in Southwark and beyond. But during the darkest depths of the lockdown some of our brightest stars in the local community shone through, going above and beyond to offer help, support and a sense of reassurance to their neighbours, colleagues, customers, friends, families and more often than not perfect strangers.

We have seen that first hand in Elephant & Castle with some of our incredible traders and local businesses pulling together to help those who needed it during the lockdown. We are so proud to be sponsoring this award, which is a very small way for us to say a very big thank you to the local heroes who have helped our communities throughout the last 18 months."

This Lock Down Hero category really highlights some of the lengths businesses went to, to support their local community throughout the pandemic. Their positivity and effort was needed by so many in the borough and shows a real sense of community spirit.

To find out more about all of the categories, click on each below:


To find out more about PemPeople and the fantastic work that they do, take a look at the Livesey Exchange website here

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