A HARD-WORKING community-spirited man has been described as 'doing a lot more than his fair share of work' in helping to bring residents closer together and away from loneliness.
Richard Mwangi nominated Michael Simms for our Pride in our People award, for his round-the-clock work at Catalyst Communities Housing Association in Ealing.
Richard, from Northolt, who was recently elected to stand as an estate representative for residents living in Lamb Close estate, Northolt, said: "Michael never rests.
"He always has several people requiring something from him, yet he is always in the heat of action organising things. And he does all these with a smiling face and kind words.
"He has a charm and intelligence that has pulled many out of a lonely and disconnected community existence into one where many are making a positive contribution."
Michael, 37, of Drayton Green, West Ealing, is a resident involvement manager, for the housing association where he helps to strengthen lives of local people so they can gain better self-confidence and become more involved in the community.
He will have been working for the organisation for three years in June.
On hearing he had been nominated for a Pride award, Mr Simms, said: "I am quite surprised but really pleased. In my work, I find it rewarding to see people take responsibilities for themselves.
"I am always looking for ways to try and help residents understand to make a positive change in the community they live and work in.
"I believe it's not about perceived abilities. A lot of people lack confidence, but seeing them grow is pleasing.
"It's also great to see people sometimes can be negative and turn positive, and those who are already positive become more confident. It's fantastic to be nominated for this award.