The Philip Lawrence Awards was one of the programmes I was leading on when I was working on gangs, guns, and knives in the Violent and Youth Crime Prevention Unit at the Home Office. I will be honest and upfront and say it was the one aspect of the job I felt most passionately about and cared most strongly for. I supported the Awards 100% because they were about recognising and celebrating the positive things that young people do to make a real difference in their communities.
Background to the Philip Lawrence Awards
Head teacher Philip Lawrence, who was murdered in 1995 whilst protecting a pupil outside his school in London, believed that every child was capable of greatness. His widow, Frances Lawrence, continues Philip's legacy by championing young people and their achievements and she has done this by establishing the Philip Lawrence Awards.
Now in its fourteenth year, the awards celebrate the positive difference young people aged 11 to 20 years old make in their communities across the UK. The awards are funded by the Home Office and managed by leading crime reduction charity Nacro.
How you can get involved
If you know a young person making a difference to their communities, then nominate them for the Philip Lawrence Awards. The deadline for submission is 30th September 2011. Follow the link to the dedicated website for more information:
Read the full story on the Operation Black Vote website - it features a quote by yours truly (ie me!):