Philip Lawrence Awards

11 August 2006

Nominations are invited for The Philip Lawrence Awards 2006, hosted by the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre.

Philip Lawrence, a headteacher, was murdered 11 years ago when he intervened to stop an attack on one of his students outside his school. The awards given in his memory are for young people aged 11–20 who have made a difference to their local community.

The focus of the awards is youth projects. Past winners have included projects as diverse as skate parks, youth cafes, helplines, newsletters, magazines, conferences, videos and drama productions. Nominated projects include those that tackle violence, vandalism, bullying and racism. This year, for the first time, the organisers wish to encourage projects that promote respect and understanding of faiths, cultures and communities internationally.

At the awards ceremony for the 2005 awards, held at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre in January this year, UCL’s Professor Michael Worton, Vice Provost (Academic & International), said: “The Philip Lawrence Awards scheme not only celebrates good citizenship by young people, it actively encourages it and provides new models for it. It is very humbling when one realises just how much the award winners do in the local community.”

The Philip Lawrence Awards are supported by the Civil Renewal Unit as part of Together We Can, and run by 4Children; partners include Young People Now, NASUWT and Youth Justice Board.

Nominations can be made via the nomination form, which is obtainable by clicking here or by calling +44 (0)20 7512 2100. The closing date for nominations is Friday 15th September 2006.