Lighting The Fire is our annual awards event to celebrate the young people, professionals and organisations who have excelled at managing conflict in our communities.

Lighting the Fire


Nominations will open in March 2018. Winners will be announced on 24 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 professionals and volunteers 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. 



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