Philip Lawrence Awards winners celebrate at Downing Street!
Monday, September 17th, 2012
Number 11 Downing Street hosted a celebration event, organised by Nacro, for our 2011 winners. Young people from across England, Wales and Scotland travelled to meet Frances Lawrence and those involved in the awards to celebrate their success together. Other attendees included George Osborne, Michael Gove, Michael Howard, David Blunkett and The Duchess of Kent.
Thanks to all who attended. The afternoon included a presentation of certificates, a showcase of videos from each project and speeches from Frances Lawrence, Nacro, the PLAnet past winners, Lord Howard and Michael Gove.
This year’s winners
- Just Ask Nottingham (Nottingham)
- Mentality (Bristol)
- Reclaim Our Name (Manchester)
- Vale Youth Speak Up (Barry, Wales)
- Voices Against Violence (Scotland)
- Young Citizens (Lewisham, London)
- Border Arts & Castlederg Youth Forum (Northern Ireland)
- Truth About Youth North East (Gateshead)
Speaking at the event Frances Lawrence said:
“The Philip Lawrence Awards began fifteen years ago and I am still inspired and humbled by the determination of our winners to confront cutting-edge problems in their communities and by their imaginative solutions. Whatever their personal history, these young people work together in a spirit of unity to truly transform other people’s lives. It’s been a significant day in the history of the Awards and I’m indebted to all those who made it possible.”
This event marks the end of the 2011-12 Awards. Here at PLAnet we are now going to take stock of our work on the Awards and, with the support of government and Nacro’s partners in the Youth Justice Board and NASUWT teaching union, for 2013.