Below are the awards Nishall has won and achieve.

(Newer awards can be seen towards the bottom of the page.)


Jack Petchey Award

Jack Petchey

June 2010 - Harlow Youth Council

October 2010 - St Mark's West Essex Catholic Secondary School

June 2013 - St Mark's West Essex Catholic Sixth Form

Nishall was awarded the Jack Petchey Award for being an outstanding achiever. Nishall was awarded for his commitment to Harlow Youth Council and School Council as he gave young people in Harlow a voice in the community, at council and public meetings, and through Youth surgeries and events. A voice which will be heard and listened to by Harlow Council, providers of other services for young people and other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people. Also involve all young people, including those hard-to-reach groups, in democracy, through community participation, consultation and active citizenship. Furthermore, he raised the profile of young people to ensure that the decision makers recognise that young people are the future generation and therefore an important part of Harlow's future.

Big Society's Young Volunteer of the Year

Big Society's Young Volunteer of the Year

October 2011

Nishall was awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year Award for spending regular time in the community. He achieved this award by working with Harlow Youth Council and Personal Volunteering on his own in this community, helping the young and old on various tasks to ease people's daily life.

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Vinspire's East Regional Winner for "Bringing Communities Together"

January 2014

Nishall Garala has been named regional winner for the East in the ‘Bringing Communities Together’ category. The first time he was elected into the Harlow Youth Council was when he was 13. Now 18, he continues to do what he started doing so well, which is to act as a powerful and effective voice for the young people of Harlow. A desire to give back to a community which has always supported him is what inspired Nishall to become a member of Harlow’s Youth Council. The Harlow College business student feels that he gets so much out his role, including an opportunity to develop skills which will serve him well when he starts working full-time.


Terry Ryall, vInspired CEO says: “Nishall is a complete inspiration. As a regional winner in the Bringing Communities Together category you need to demonstrate a complete dedication to volunteering and show how you have built positive relationships, brought people from diverse backgrounds together and strengthened communities. Nishall has done all this and more and should be immensely proud of his achievements.”


Katie Llewellyn-Cripps, RBS Early Careers and Campus Marketing, said, “As part of our Early Careers scheme we are committed to celebrating the outstanding achievements of young volunteers and supporting young people on their journey through education into employment. Volunteering is extremely important because it gives young people so many transferable skills for the working world that they might not learn through education, as well as the confidence to thrive in a competitive environment. We’re proud to partner with vInspired on the National Awards and it’s amazing to see the great work that volunteers such as Nishall are doing across the country.”

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Vinspire's Category Finalist for "Bringing Communities Together"

February 2014

Nishall Garala has been selected from hundreds of nominations across the country to be named as a finalist in the Bringing Communities Together category. 


Terry Ryall, vInspired CEO says: “The determination and selflessness Nishall has demonstrated in his volunteering is truly inspirational. He has been chosen as a finalist from hundreds of nominees because he has shown amazing dedication and passion for helping his community in Harlow regardless of what has stood in his way. He has changed the world for the better, and, I’m in no doubt, will continue to do so long into the future.”


Robert Halfon MP for Harlow, Hastingwood, Matching, Nazeing, Roydon & Sherring says: “Nishall is an extraordinary young man with great charisma and a work ethic second to none. He is very community minded and has extraordinary integrity. There is no doubt that he will be a star in the future"


Richard Bartlett - Head of Debt Capital Markets & Corporate Risk Solutions, RBS: “I have been absolutely astounded by the achievements of the nominees for the vInspired National Awards – being part of the judging panel was no easy task. I’m delighted that RBS Early Careers can play a part in shining a light on all our amazing regional winners and finalists.”

Heart 4 Harlow Glass Trophy Award

Heart 4 Harlow Glass Trophy Award

October 2014

Nishall was awarded this award as he regularly spent time working in the community. He received his award for the work he did with Harlow Youth Council, Waterhouse Moor Resident's Association, Harlow College and Harlow's Interfaith Forum

Harlow College's Business Student of the Year

Harlow College's Business Student of the Year

May 2015


Nishall was voted "Student of the Year" by both Students and Staff because Nishall is a model student who has shown consistent achievement and positive attitude throughout the college year. Nishall was also voted for his positive attitude that he showed in the community whilst working as a Student Governor and Ambassador for the college and for his motivation to promote Harlow through his campaign - #BigUpHarlow.

Harlow College's Governor's Award

Harlow College's Governor's Award

July 2015

Nishall was awarded the “Governor’s Award” by Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College and Paul Taylor, Chair of Governors because Nishall was a model student who has shown consistent accomplishment and optimistic attitude throughout the college year. Nishall was also awarded for his positive approach that he showed in the community whilst working as a Student Governor and Ambassador for the college and for his enthusiasm to promote Harlow through his campaign - #BigUpHarlow. He was also awarded for his hard work in Student Voice and for working hard for both staff and students to help them be satisfied with their community and college.


Harlow Group sponsored this award.

Association of Colleges' 'Student of the Year 2015' - Second Prize

Association of Colleges' 'Student of the Year 2015' - Second Prize

November 2015

Harlow College Business student Nishall Garala (19, from Harlow) has been awarded Second Place in this years national Student of the Year awards. The awards, from the Association of Colleges (AoC), highlight outstanding student achievement across the country.

What makes Nishall‟s personal achievement both remarkable and outstanding is that he achieved a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business for which he was awarded the highest possible result – triple starred Distinctions, whilst also expending a great deal of time taking an active role in the Harlow College community.
As well as his course and work placement at Simmtronic Lighting Controls, Nishall was a Student Ambassador, Student Governor and an E-Learning Mentor. He is also dedicated to Harlow and its residents and institutions and shows tireless commitment and outstanding service by working as a volunteer with over 20 organisations. This has included:

* Serving on Harlow Youth Council
* Being a Police Youth Ambassador with Harlow Police and works with them on projects including “Love Harlow”, &in building community relationships.
* Sitting on the Independent Advisory Group for Harlow Police
* Being actively involved in raising the profile of Hinduism in the local interfaith forum.
* Being Vice-Chair of the Waterhouse Moor Residents‟ Association and takes part in a range of neighbourhood initiatives.
* Representing young people on the Harlow Neighbourhood Action Panel

Alongside this, Nishall has mastered social media enthusiastically and is a blogger‟ for a local online newspaper called, writing articles targeted at young people that raise the profile of the College, Harlow and good causes.

AoC President John Widdowson, who led the judging panel, said: “Congratulates to Nishall on being named second in the Student of the Year award. His work in Harlow College and the local community is very deserving of this national recognition.

YOPEY - Essex's Young Person of The Year 2015

YOPEY - Essex's Young Person of The Year 2015 - Runner-up (Second Prize)

November 2015

This is a competition hails the achievements of young people in Essex. Nishall has won this award for his volunteering which included being a youth councillor, a student governor at Harlow College, liaising with local police, helping local residents and even promoting his home town through #BigUpHarlow.

Waterhouse Moor Residents’ Association Chairman Steve Richardson said: “Nishall has a great attitude towards helping his immediate community and the town of Harlow. For him to be doing so much at a young age shows great spirit and is commendable. He is a popular young man who gets on well with everybody.”

PC Rob Hance, of the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Harlow, said: "From his early teens Nishall has shown a real heart for the community and how young people are represented in it. He initially started attending local community meetings with his parents and would act as a conduit between the meetings and his school." 
"Moving on he became a youth councillor and maintained his links with the community meetings, local council and the police sitting on the Independent Advisory Group for the Harlow district." 
“Nishall has also been part of the Harlow Police Youth ambassadors, an engagement project designed to give young people an insight into policing and community issues." 
“When he turned 18 he became the youngest police volunteer assisting at community events and promoting Essex Police through social media broadcasts of the work we are doing to engage young people and the community."

YOPEY founder Tony Gearing said: “It is great to hear of somebody so young taking on positions of responsibility to make life better for others.”

Essex Police Support Volunteer Recognition Award

Essex Police's Certificate of Achievement

February 2017


Nishall was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for his commitment to Essex Police as Police Support Volunteer. He was awarded for his hard work as a representative of the Hindu community and for being an advocate of young people in Harlow and throughout Essex Police. 

Supt Andy Mariner said, "It was a real privilege to personally thank Nishall for his continued support of Essex Police through his community work!"

Gold Royal Holloway Passport Award

Royal Holloway's Gold Passport Award

June 2017

The Royal Holloway Passport Award is presented to students who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to co-curricular activities, which have contributed to the College, local community, and their own personal development. Students who achieve the Gold award undertake a wider range of roles and show leadership, innovation and dedication over a period of time. Nishall was awarded for his hard work in Course Representation, Residential Support and Student Ambassador commitments.

Nishall Garala BCAc - British Citizen Award - Community

British Citizen Award (for services to the community)

July 2017

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.


Nishall Garala, of Harlow, was given a British Citizen Award for his services to the community.


Nishall was awarded for working in the community, which entailed serving on the Youth Council for six years and undertaking many roles in this time. He has also held a variety of positions in addition to being a Youth Councillor, including being a Student Governor for Harlow College; Vice Chairman for Waterhouse Moor Residents Association; and a Police Support Volunteer, championing youth and Hindu voice in local policing. Further to these roles, Nishall has attended various conferences both local, national and international to promote what the power of a community can do and how it can help people.


In addition, Nishall was also awarded for creating a social media campaign, #BigUpHarlow, to tackle the negative perception of Harlow. The campaign has helped residents of the town, both young and old, to appreciate where they live.


Nishall was honoured at the Palace of Westminster, where he received a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medallists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.


The awards are in partnership with customer experience management company, InMoment, and are supported by the world’s largest optical retailer, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; the UK and Europe’s leading palletised freight distribution company, Pall-Ex, owned by BCAs Patron Hilary Devey; and specialist marketing, PR and communications agency, Lime Marketing.

Essex Power 100 - 77 - Nishall Garala

Essex Power 100 - #77

October 2018

Essex Power 100 is an annual list of the 100 most powerful and influential people either residing in Essex or from Essex. The Essex Power 100 list aims to identify individuals making a difference across Essex, these people could be in politics, business, entertainment, music, sports or charity. For 2018, Nishall has been ranked #77 in the list for the work he does in the community.


The list is governed by a consortium of 20 Essex businesses that oversee the appointment of judges and the President for the year. Each year, two teams of researchers curate and research names that are put forward to the panel of judges for consideration. They then place individuals put forward in order taking into consideration their achievements past and present.

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Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award

March 2020

Nishall was awarded the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award for his social media campaign (#BigUpHarlow), and the wide range of community work he does.


The Points of Light award is awarded to outstanding individuals who are making a positive change in their community.


In a personal letter to Nishall, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “With your innovative #BigUpHarlow campaign, you are changing people’s perceptions of Harlow, uniting your community and showcasing the best of your town. I visited Harlow last year and saw for myself the delights of your wonderful town.”


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Harlow Civic Award

May 2021

Nishall was awarded Harlow Council’s Civic Award for his continuous commitment and contribution to the community of Harlow.

His contributions involved working with young people, residents, organisations and authorities to make Harlow a place that everyone could enjoy and thrive in. He was also awarded for his continuous efforts in promoting Harlow through the #BigUpHarlow campaign he founded in 2014.


The High Sheriff of Essex’s Personal Award

September 2022


Nishall was awarded the High Sheriff of Essex’s Personal Award for his long-term service and support to Harlow’s Hindu community, as well as his other community commitments.


This award was presented to Nishall by Nicholas Alston CBE DL (The High Sheriff of Essex 2022–23) at Harlow Hindu Society’s Navaratri Celebration on 30th September 2022.