Lisa Ogun awarded British Citizen Award

Posted on: 05 July 2018

Written by: Charlie Marshall

We are incredibly proud to announce Cardboard Citizens' Lisa Ogun has been awarded a British Citizen Award for Services to Volunteering. 

Lisa has been awarded the accolade for her enormous contributions to her local community in Shoreditch, and her work with us at Cardboard Citizens, which exists to support the homeless and vulnerable.

During a volunteering career spanning almost two decades, Lisa has acted as a community leader and driver of the regeneration of Shoreditch and has made large contributions to important initiatives to provide for young people, build between communities, and enhance the health and wellbeing of young people to increase opportunities in the arts. As an assessor and workshop leader for Cardboard Citz, she has made a huge impact with her dedication, support and passion.

Speaking about the award, Michael Chandler, our Programme Director and Acting CEO, commented: "We’re extremely pleased and very proud of Lisa’s achievements with us, rightly acknowledged with this award. Lisa has worked incredibly hard, and has never wavered in her commitment to Cardboard Citizens and the Members she’s been supporting. Cardboard Citizens aims to share and change the stories of those we work with, moving them away from homelessness towards positive futures. Lisa’s journey, from member, to mentor, to volunteer, to tutor, is an inspiring example of such a story changed."

The British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in January 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

Lisa has worked with us for more than four years as an Ambassador and workshop leader of both our monthly Writers Group and Maths for Life course. She became a qualified course assessor after undertaking a Peer Mentoring course. Speaking about the honour, Lisa said: “I am truly honoured, and just want this recognition to inspire others to give-back, to help in any way possible, to help heal the world in any way they can. This will also help restore faith in humanity.”

Away from Cardboard Citizens, her voluntary work has been just as inspiring. From 1999 to 2006 she chaired her Tenants and Residents association where she participated in a seminar to encourage young black Hackney residents to become involved in community initiatives. From 2000 to 2010 she was Trustee and then Vice Chair of Shoreditch Trust, where she sat on the Housing, Young People’s and Arts committees as expert trustee, and from 2003 to 2008 she offered free African dance and drama classes to local young people.

Lisa is one of 29 medalists who will be honoured at a prestigious ceremony held today at the Palace of Westminster. 

Find out more about Lisa's journey with Cardboard Citizens in her own words here