Willesden ‘gentle giant’ awarded for being a kind-hearted neighbour

Dennis Brown scoops runners-up prize in tenants of the year category

A kind-hearted man known as the gentle giant who lives in Willesden has been recognised for being a caring neighbour.

Dennis Brown, who has lived in Clovelly Court, Blenheim Gardens, for sixteen years was handed the runners-up prize in the Tenant of the Year category during a special awards ceremony last week.

Mr Brown, a former social services worker with Brent Council, is renowned in his block for encouraging his neighbours to get involved in the community.

Despite living alone, he organises cream teas, bingo nights and dominoes clubs to help fellow tenants suffering from loneliness to socialise with each other.

The 75-year-old said he was “honoured” to have been nominated.

He said: “When you live within a community such as Clovelly Court it is nice to be helpful to your neighbours. I don’t see what I do as out of the ordinary.”

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The Tenant Participation Advisory Service, which organised the ceremony, rewards tenants, landlords and contractors for their achievements.

Willow Housing and Care, which owns Clovelly Court, where Mr Brown lives, was awarded the Excellence in the Community award.

The organisation provides homes and services to elderly people in Brent.