Press Release: IARS 4th Research and Youth Leadership Awards Winners 2015 Announced

Press Release: IARS 4th Research and Youth Leadership Awards Winners 2015 Announced

14 Young Role Models and youth projects were recognised for their roles in our communities Around 100 young people, representatives of youth organisations attended this year’s IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2015, in partnership with the 99% Campaign that took place last night at the Canada Water Culture Space in London. The Awards, now on its 4th year recognise and champion young people and their initiatives in their communities as drivers for social change. This unique youth-led event, organised by a group of young people involved in the IARS Youth Advisory Board, hosted influential keynote speakers in the field of youth policy and practice, including Howard Williamson CBE FRSA FHEA, Professor of European Youth Policy, University of South Wales, Justin Pettit, Human Rights Officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mak Chisty, Commander for Engagement in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Mark Parker, I LIVE IN SE16 Coordinator. 14 inspirational young people and projects from up and down the UK were awarded in 7 categories, designed carefully to cover a broad area of truly youth-led projects, skills and competences, supported by leading businesses  and organisations across the UK. The Winners for 2015 are : Youth Research Project Award – Sponsored by Buckinghamshire New University Winner: Eloise Peabody Rolf – The ‘Volunteer’s Perspective’ of the Hampshire Community Peer Court programme Runner Up: Karolina Kombert: Young people, homelessness, UK welfare reform and food poverty in Scotland, published in the Youth Voice Journal. Community Leader Award – Sponsored by  Community Action Southwark Winners: Kike Ibikunle and Ijeoma Datha-Moore for their contributions to the Just for Kids Law team as volunteers and ambassadors. Runner Up: Jack Samuel David Wilson for his exemplar campaigning...
Press Release: The IARS International Institute celebrates in Parliament 10 yrs of Community-Led Solutions for a Fairer Society

Press Release: The IARS International Institute celebrates in Parliament 10 yrs of Community-Led Solutions for a Fairer Society

Over 100 leading figures in the international research, policy and practice arenas celebrated the 10th anniversary of The IARS International Institute at a prestigious evening reception that took place on the 4th November 2015 at the House of Commons in London. The Institute’s 10 year celebratory Impact Report was also launched at the event, demonstrating the long-lasting positive impact of community-led research and individual empowerment on marginalised communities worldwide. The Report attests to IARS’ commitment to its user-led ethos and three founding values. This milestone event, hosted by Rushanara Ali, MP, celebrated the Institute embarking on its second decade of providing innovative community-led solutions for a fairer society. Originally set up by Dr Theo Gavrielides as an international youth-led network, the Institute has now expanded its work to cover a broad range of social research, policy and practice areas, contributing to local, national and international initiatives across its three core areas of expertise: Young People, Justice, and Equalities. Viewing social change as an organic process and focusing on the most marginalised groups, over the last 10 years the Institute has empowered individuals including young people, victims, and refugee and asylum seeking women who have been traditionally excluded from decision-making to get out of the margins, produce evidence themselves, have their voices heard, and shape policy and practice that affects them directly. Sir Bert Massie CBE, IARS Patron said: “As a disabled person, I know that one thing that infuriates the disabled is when we are not involved in making the decisions that affect our lives.  At the heart of IARS programmes is to promote the involvement of people to empower them to control their own lives...