Service to Community


Abida has dedicated the last 21 years of her life working as a weaning advisor for the Waltham Forest Primary Care Trust, and volunteering at the local Physically Handicapped Training Centre. Abida’s compassion led to her setting up the Redbridge Women’s Welfare Association. In recognition of her volunteer work at the Redbridge Night Shelter, she has been appointed a trustee on its board. Abida has initiated many peace campaigns, promoting harmony in all communities. In 2007, the group laid its first plaque and planted the first of many ‘peace trees’ around London borough, as a symbol of peace.


A leader and inspiration to many, Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin works tirelessly to ensure that people are made aware of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Rabbi Sufrin has built Drugsline into a prominent charity, providing a freephone helpline and awareness education to schools. Having reached 50,000 young people last year alone, the work of Drugsline has been instrumental in the community. Rabbi Sufrin is also the driving force behind an unprecedented interfaith partnership that has resulted in the UK’s first crisis line that offers specialist drugs, alcohol and addiction support in Hebrew, Yiddish, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati.


Wilson Chowdhry began his career aged 19. Commitment, diligence and a dash of entrepreneurial spirit enabled him to grow a security business to a turnover of £3.5m. He is an active member of the Redbridge; chairing a variety of groups, and pioneering the re-introduction of the Redbridge Carnival after 21 years. He was instrumental in getting pay and displays available in Green Lane to help local businesses. Due to his sterling work within the community, he has been selected to feature in the 2009 ‘Investors in People’ calendar.  Wilson Chowdhry remains a name that is synonymous to Redbridge.