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Lighting the Fire 2017 - Meet the winners

Rosie Horton, Communications Officer
Friday 26th May 2017
Lighting the Fire, the UK’s national youth conflict awards celebrates the people and projects supporting young people with conflict in their lives across the UK. Nominations flooded in to recognise the people working hard to support the next generation of role models and leaders in an increasingly difficult environment:

  • Knife crime has increased by 14%
  • Violence in prisons and young offender institutes is soaring – in prisons there has been a 38% rise in assaults on staff and a 24% rise in self-harm incidents        
  • Youth reoffending rates are at their highest level on record, 38% reoffended within a year
  • 7,000 new foster carers are needed to meet demand and 6 in 10 looked after children are teenagers." data-share-imageurl="https://www.leapconfrontingconflict.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/image/2017%20Lighting%20the%20Fire%20001-70.jpg">

Lighting the Fire, the UK’s national youth conflict awards celebrates the people and projects supporting young people with conflict in their lives across the UK. Nominations flooded in to recognise the people working hard to support the next generation of role models and leaders in an increasingly difficult environment:

  • Knife crime has increased by 14%
  • Violence in prisons and young offender institutes is soaring – in prisons there has been a 38% rise in assaults on staff and a 24% rise in self-harm incidents        
  • Youth reoffending rates are at their highest level on record, 38% reoffended within a year
  • 7,000 new foster carers are needed to meet demand and 6 in 10 looked after children are teenagers.

Thomas Lawson, Chief Executive said: “These young people are teeming with talent and potential, and as a society we are missing opportunities to support them.”

“We run Lighting the Fire because it’s vital to recognise and shine the light on the young people, adults and organisations that are working to find solutions to these major challenges which our society is facing. Their work is crucial to help build the next generation of role models and leaders.”

The awards were sponsored by Old Mutual Global Investors, and hosted by Blooomberg LP.

Meet the 2017 winners:

Conflict Management Project

Redthread embeds specialist youth workers in the emergency departments of London’s major trauma centres. Any young person who attends one of these hospitals having been the victim of serious youth violence is met by a member of the team.

They work with young people at the teachable moment – a powerful opportunity for reflection created by fear, isolation and considering the potential consequences of serious injury. The youth workers are there to support the young people to take steps to change their lives.

Young Leader

Hassan Khan is a peer leader with the Blackley volunteer police cadets in Manchester. He has played a key role at tackling hate crime, cyber bullying, and anti-social behaviour. He has volunteered over 100 hours every year since he joined the unit, doing it with pride at every occasion.

He has been a key part of hate crime awareness campaigns, breaking down barriers with the community and reducing conflict in an inner city area of Manchester.

Inspirational Adult

Farial Missi works with West London Zone to support at risk young people. She has worked as a mentor, a youth worker and now as a link worker.

She’s goes above and beyond for every young person she works with, and supports them into programmes such as coding courses or the cadets. Some of the most challenging young people in the community respect her and actively want to continue working with her.

Leap Young Leader

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

Jhanzab Khan was in a destructive pattern of behaviour for him and those around him. He learned that his experience of care and the criminal justice system could be valuable, rather than something to dismiss and hide.

At Leap he started to make better choices and was able to break out of his negative cycle of behaviour. He’s now become a great role model for other young people and shared his experience to help others.

All Saint’s C.E Primary School

This award was sponsored by the Peer Mediation Network and recognised successful peer mediation projects in schools.

All Saint’s C.E Primary School peer mediation project has been around for five years. Pupils give up their own lunchtimes to help others, attend weekly meetings to feedback to their learning mentor and have refresher training so that they remain confident.

The school has noticed that pupils are more settled and ready to learn after breaks and there has been a major reduction in arguments and fights. Students have reported that they feel safer and happier.

 

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