Neighbour of the Year Winner is Nilesh Chohan
Nilesh from Leeds is crowned winner of the Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch 2019 Neighbour of the Year competition.
A well deserving winner, Nilesh helps neighbours across a wide range of issues from resolving disputes to celebrating neighbours and building communities. The disruptive behaviour Nilesh helps with ranges from disputes at student parties to overflowing bins on pavements, or rubbish in gardens.
Nilesh is a star at bringing people together. He organised residents to pot bulbs in containers and donated them to over 100 local homes, and he improved his local community by convincing the council to stop a dangerous local car rat run.
Nilesh set up a Facebook page for 400 residents in which he shares critical information about local safety issues, but he didn’t stop there. Nilesh also set up a What’s App group, which offers support to over 40 long term residents as they share information about events and local problems.
Nilesh is widely known for proactively engaging with his community. He knocked on 400 residents’ doors, introduced himself, listened respectfully to them, and asked them to join the Facebook page. He has a gift of being incredibly positive, friendly and caring and as a result, everyone signs up.
Nilesh is the first person to help someone with a problem and has a talent for organising social events. Over the last few years he organised a ‘welcome to all residents’ street event, sponsored by local councillors. Whilst setting up the stall he used the opportunity to share useful information about the area and offer free pakoras, onion bhajis and drinks to anyone passing.
Despite his abilities, Nilesh takes a back seat at resident’s meetings, yet it is him who has the imagination, gets out in the community and proactively engages. Nilesh grasps issues, writes letters to organisations, phones heads of departments and arranges meetings. Nilesh – you are amazing, and we thank you!