Lighting the Fire is our annual awards event that celebrates the young people, adults and organisations that excel at supporting young people to manage the conflict in their lives

Lighting the Fire


Entries for Lighting the Fire are now closed. Winners will be announced on 23 May 2018 at an awards ceremony hosted by Bloomberg at their new European Headquarters in London. 

At Leap we know that conflict can take many forms, whether that's violence, aggression, relationship breakdown with family and friends, low self-esteem, bullying or self-harm. 

Every day we see volunteers and professionals carrying out inspirational work to support young people to manage conflict - sometimes without even realising that's what they do. These people are in a variety of places such as schools, children's homes, prisons, youth groups or in the wider community.

Lighting the Fire is a chance for young people, organisations, funders and guests from across all sectors to come together and shine the spotlight on the extraordinary people who make this work happen.

The awards ceremony is planned and hosted by Leap trainers and graduates, and is open to all organisations and individuals across the UK. 

We would like to thank Old Mutual Global Investors for generously sponsoring the event. 


Enter the awards 

Please complete the nomination form and send to Gaby Hasham at by 5pm on Friday 13th April. 

Self-nominations for all categories are welcome and all entries of the correct length will be considered. The information you submit may be used for PR purposes and we may contact you for more information. If your nominee is shortlisted we may want to interview you for a short video. This year there are three categories:

Young Leader - download form here

The young leader award is for someone aged 11-25 years old who:

  • supports young people with conflict in their lives
  • is a positive role model and leader for young people
  • supports young people to succeed and develop themselves

The winner of this award will recieve an iPad 

Inspirational Adult - download form here

The inspirational adult award is for someone who:

  • supports young people to succeed and develop themselves
  • young people look up to and learn from
  • is committed to reducing conflict for young people

The winner of this award will recieve an iPad 

Project or Organisation - download form here 

This award is for a project or organisation that:

  • directly contributes to managing conflict for young people in the community
  • gives young people opportunities to learn new skills, get involved in their community or volunteer
  • creates a safe space for young people

If you have any questions, need some help filling out the form, or need the form in a different format please contact us on 020 7561 3700 or email

2017 winners

Young Leader (under 25 years old)

  • Winner: Hassan Khan, Greater Manchester Police, Volunteer Police Cadets
  • Highly Commended: Jack Welch, Young National Children's Bureau 

Inspirational Adult 

  • Winner: Farial Missi, West London Zone
  • Highly Commended: Janet Matthews, New Horizon Youth Centre

Conflict Management Project 

  • Winner: Redthread
  • Highly Commended: New Horizon Youth Centre

Leap Young Leader

Each year Leap trainers, trustees and staff nominate young people involved with Leap who have become role models and leaders for others

  • Winner: Jhanzab Khan
  • Highly Commended: Hasna Arrooj Mahmood 

See below for our latest news and updates

Nominations open for Lighting the Fire

By Gaby Hasham, Events Assistant
Tuesday 13th March 2018

West London Zone - Lighting the Fire winners

By West London Zone
Tuesday 15th August 2017

Lighting the Fire 2017 - Meet the winners

By Rosie Horton, Communications Officer
Friday 26th May 2017