Using the 2011 riots as our starting point, the annual IARS Research and Leadership Awards were set up to celebrate, recognise and reward the young people and the initiatives involving young people that help us deliver our wider vision for a society where everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving. This year, we celebrated everyone’s achievements at a fun and lively event on Wednesday 7th August 2013 at the Ritzy Cinema, Colharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW12 1JG.

The awards ceremony brought together a great selection of positive organisations working with young people and offered  young people the voice to showcase their valuable contributions to their communities. The event ended on a lighter note with a quiz challenging attendees’ knowledge of several subjects including the riots, peaceful movements and inspiring people.

Winners and Runner-ups

IARS received over 60 brilliant applications and the decision process was far from easy. Awards were presented for six categories. The winners  are:

  • Damien Lucien, The Peacemaker of the Year Award (sponsored by Khulisa UK);
  • Josiah Duncan, The Young Victim Support Award (sponsored by Victim Support);
  • Isabel Chapman, The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award (sponsored by Nominet Trust);
  • Zara Todd, The Youth Research Project Award (sponsored by University of Reading)
  • Andre Campbell, The Community Leader Award (sponsored by Raise Your Game) and
  • Line Algoed, The Innovative Cross-Sector Partnership (sponsored by NCVYS).

To read the stories of our winners and runners-up in more detail, please click here. Click here for further information:


IARS Research and Leadership Awards 2013 are kindly supported by:

Nominet Trust, Big Lottery Fund, Youth in Action, Khulisa UK, Victim Support, The University of Reading, Raise Your Game, NCVYS.

IARS Research and Leadership Awards 2013 are endorsed by the Metropolitan Police Service.

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