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 2018

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, colleges, prisons, youth groups or in the wider community environment.

Lighting the Fire is a chance for young people, partners, 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. 

2017 winners

Inspirational Adult 

  • Winner: Farial Missi, West London Zone
  • Highly Commended: Janet Matthews, New Horizon Youth Centre
  • Shortlisted: Leonas Grecious, Fight for Peace
  • Shortlisted: Maria Duah, Domestic Violence Intervention Project (Yuva Service) 
  • Shortlisted: Tyrone Bailey, Keep Out - HOM Coldingley 

Conflict Management Project 

  • Winner: Redthread
  • Highly Commended: New Horizon Youth Centre
  • Shortlisted: Aik Saath, Together as One
  • Shortlisted: Project Elevate 

Young Leader (under 25 years old)

  • Winner: Hassan Khan, Greater Manchester Police, Volunteer Police Cadets
  • Highly Commended: Jack Welch, Young National Children's Bureau 
  • Shortlisted: Michael Bryan, Plan International UK 
  • Shortlisted: Noreen Niazi, Muslim Women Connect/EY Foundation 
  • Shortlisted: Rachael Wright, Greenwich Children in Care Council

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 
  • Shortlisted: Dionne Emmerson
  • Shortlisted: Fatima Begum
  • Shortlisted: Selahattin Pinarbasi
  • Shortlisted: Yahya Ahmed

Peer Mediation 

This new award was sponsored by the Peer Mediation Network and celebrated a primary or secondary school who have successfully introduced a peer mediation programme.

  • Winner: All Saints C.E Primary School 
  • Highly Commended: Wharncliffe Side Primary School
  • Shortlisted: Bacon's College
  • Shortlisted: Clifford Primary School
  • Shortlisted: Raddlebarn Primary School 

*The winning Young Leader and Inspirational Adult won an iPad and the opportunity to join a Leap training course. The winning Project or Partnership and Peer Mediation project will win a one-day Leap training course.