• Andre Schott
  • June 1, 2016




We participate in the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards Scheme to celebrate the achievements of our young people. Every month for nine months of the year, one of our members is nominated for the Jack Petchey Award to recognise an outstanding achievement. As part of the Award, they receive a grant of £200 which they can spend on an item or activity benefiting a group of young people.

Here you will find a selection of our recent award winners from 2016 onwards.

Jack Petchey Winner January 2018 – Storme Collin-Marshall 

Sumayah, Programme Officer says:                        Jck

Storme attended a mental health awareness session along with her group. Throughout the programme, she showed great leadership strength but sometimes struggled in communicating effectively with others and made an active effort to challenge this behaviour of hers and improve. Storme’s communication significantly improved throughout the duration of this programme.

Storme’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“Although initially, it may have been hard to finalise an idea for our project as well as trying to work around school, this programme has been a great experience that has allowed me to strengthen my communication skills and teamwork as well as something I can put on my CV.”



Jack Petchey Winner November 2017 – Maria Magdalena

Sumayah, Programme Officer says:

Maria and her group attended a mental health, and drugs & alcohol awareness session. Off the back of that, the group decided to create a film based around mental health and men. Throughout this group work, Maria demonstrated incredible commitment and passion. Maria was open to trying new things, such as acting in the film, and quite often led the group, helping guide her fellow group members.

Maria’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I really liked working with a new group of people, trying new things, for example the acting I did for the film. I have a better awareness of mental health, and feel like my confidence has improved. I also feel like I have got better at challenging other people and their views because of this project.”


Jack Petchey Winner October 2017 – Chenola-Paris Leah Blake

Chenola JP

Alice, Programme Officer says:

Chenola joined FYA in the summer and has been involved in the planning the Fitzrovia Street Party and is now in the peer education project, planning a film around mental health. Chenola is an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the group, always giving ideas and taking part in sessions. She gets along with everyone in the group and wants to make a different to other young people’s lives through promoting awareness of mental health through the film the group are making.

Chenola’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I feel amazing that I won the Jack Petchey award. I cannot wait to go out with the group.”


Jack Petchey Winner September 2017 – Atifa Juhi

Jack Petchey Atifa 2

Alice, Programme Officer says:

Atifa joined our Community Events programme and was enthusiastic about the work immediately. She got involved in all aspects of planning and organising the event and encouraged the whole group, as well as brought her friends to join the group. When we asked the group to vote for the winner of Jack Petchey, they all unanimously voted for Afita, because she was a good leader of the group, worked hard and were a great team member. Atifa definitely deserves this award.

Atifa’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I feel extremely honoured and happy to have received this award. I really do feel more confident in team leadership. I was very surprised when they called my name out to say I had won, because I think the whole group did great! I’m looking forward to going on a trip with everyone to oxygen free jump, where we can have some fun!”

Jack Petchey Winner July 2017 – Ellie Fraser

Ellie jpDave, Programme Manager, says:  

Ellie came to us as a really shy young person and seemed like she didn’t want to get involved in any of the programmes. But when we asked her to participate in the peer education programme and make a film on bullying and mental health she became engaged and came out of her shell. She shared about her own experience and invited her friends to join the programme, came up with lots of ideas for the film and volunteered to be the lead in the film. She really deserves this award as she has come a long way and even got her friends involved in the programme and has developed her confidence and skills. she is definitely someone who have overcome boundaries to win this award.

Ellie’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I feel really proud to have won this award. I didn’t think I’ll get anything like this because my friends have worked so hard as well. But I am very happy I have been voted to win. I want to take out everyone to a fun day out and a meal, so we can celebrate our achievements”.

Jack Petchey Winner June 2017 – Mia Madrid

Mia MadridAlice, Youth Participation Officer, says:  

Mia joined FYA last year as part of the peer education project, making a music video about mental health. She is now a member of the community events team, planning and organising the Warren Pitch Community Picnic. Mia is a great team player at events, always helping to set-up and staying behind to clear up too. She also helps to conduct evaluations with members of the public, showing her public speaking skills. Mia is a performer too and regularly sings at community events with her sister. It has been great to have Mia as part of the team and she deserves the award.

Mia’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I am really happy to win this award but it is a group effort. Everyone has worked really hard in the picnic steering group and it is going to be a great event. I am looking forward to using the money to take the group out for a celebration trip!”

Jack Petchey Winner May 2017 – Aleksandra Tihomirova

Aleks jack petcheyAlice, Youth Participation Officer, says:  

Aleks joined FYA a number of years ago and from the beginning she has shown herself to be a leader and to encourage other young people in the work we do. She is currently working on planning and delivery our next event, Community Picnic and has been a great support in the team. She’s a team player and gets involved in anything we ask her to do, as well as help facilitate session with people her age or younger. She has performed and hosted at nearly all our events and always does a fantastic job. She has always wanted a Jack Petchey award and we are glad we can award it to her for being a great inspiration and role model for other young people. She definitely deserves it.

Aleksandra’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I am so surprised and I can’t believe I got this. This is so sweet. I have always wanted to receive this award and I am very happy to accept it. Thank you for recognising the work I have done here it means a lot to me. I have really enjoyed getting involved at FYA and performing is something I really want to do, so it’s great to have that opportunity. As I and the group have been working hard I would like to take us out on a treat and to have fun!”

Jack Petchey Winner April 2017 – Jay Atkinson

Jay Jack PetcheyDave, Programme Manager, says:  

Jay joined our Peer Education programme through our partnership with Dragon Hall Youth Club. Jay has appeared in all the film we have done with Dragon Hall and encouraged other young people to do so. He is always willing to do the work and much more, as well as act as an example to other young people.  He has demonstrated leadership qualities by presentation to other young people and leading groups of young people to complete the work. He is a good role model to other young people his age.

Jay’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I am very to have won this award, I am very happy to have been chosen. It feels as though my work has been recognised and that I have accomplished a lot. The group has worked very hard and I want us to go out to have fun!”

Jack Petchey Winner March 2017 – Emmanuella Ilunga

Alice, Youth Participation Officer, says:

Emmanuella has been with FYA for 3 years and has shown herself to be very committed and passionate about the work we do which she is involved in. She has now won this award with us as she is leading a group to organise our next Showcase event and has been a great role model to her peers and has encouraged them immenselt to participate and give their ideas. She is a great peer mentor and when the rest of the group was asked who should win, they all agreed Emma should receive the award.

Emmanuella’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I feel very happy to have won this award and did not expect it, as I am happy just to do the work and get involved. I think the group is great and we have been working hard, so we all deserve to win the Jack Petchey Award. So because everyone has been working hard, we will use the money to go out and celebrate after the event we are planning.

Jack Petchey Winner February 2017 – Daniel Birch

Dave, Programme Manager, says:

Daniel joined our Peer Education programme and from the get go was really keen and enthusiastic in the work. He has been voted by the staff and young people to receive this award as has been a great role model to his peers and sets a great example to the rest of the groups. Daniel has always been on top, contributed and led the work that happens weekly and always participated and encourages other to do so too.

Daniel’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I was really surprised to have received this and I’m very proud. We have done a lot of work together as a team, so I am very happy to be voted for this. I enjoyed writing the rap lyrics for the song and performing and I feel this award is an added bonus. Because we worked as a team, I want to take everyone out to have fun!

Jack Petchey Winner November 2016 – Saba Ahmed

Alice, Youth Participation Officer, says:

Saba was recommended to us by her older sister last December. Saba threw herself into volunteering with us straight away by helping at least year’s Community Christmas Party we host. Since then she has constantly been volunteering and planning different pieces of work including this year’s Christmas Party, where she recruited 10 of her friends to join and organise the event. She has been chosen to receive the award for her leadership among her friends, commitment and passion for the work we do and she has been a positive role model to her peers.

Saba’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I’m so happy and surprised I won this award. I was literally writing my CV and wished I could add a Jack Petchey award to it and now I can, I am so overwhelmed. I am flattered and grateful to those who chose me and I want to take my group out to celebrate the Christmas party we are planning because we all deserve it!”

Jack Petchey Winner October 2016 – Erfan Najimi

Dave, Programme Manager, says:

Erfan started with us over the summer and has got involved with all the projects we did and continues to work with us. Erfan has shown commitment, passion and enthusiasm in all that he does, such as the peer education programme where he acted as the main character in the film. He is a funny person and makes everyone laugh and gets on with his peers well. He has worked hard and encourages others to do so too.

Erfan’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“It was great fun and hard work being involved in the peer education and events with FYA, I feel my group did such a great job as well and I thank them for picking me to win this award, which I am very grateful and proud. I look forward to taking them out and having lots of fun.”

Jack Petchey Winner September 2016 – Jacqueline Camara

Karim, Youth Participation Officer, says:

Since Jacqueline has constantly used her own initiative to complete work and additional duties. She joined the group to plan our annual street party event and she has gone above what has been asked of her. She is very friendly and gets on with everyone, which motivate them to work hard as well. She has been so positive in the group and is always keen to get involved and comes in to do more than require. The group all agreed she should win this award for her dedication, passion and commitment to the project.

Jacqueline’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“Thank you so much for this award, I feel happy and honoured to have been chosen to receive this. I feel proud of myself and I feel this award has motivated me to work harder. The work I was involved in was very fun and the group I worked with were amazing, so I really want to treat them and go out to have a fun time.” 

Jack Petchey Winner June 2016 – Ian Tagalan

Dave, Youth Participation Manager, says:

Ian has been with us for a short while, 4 months, but he has demonstrated a real interest and passion for the work we do, to the point where he has signed himself up for 2 weeks work experience here. He shows creative leadership as he encourages his friends to participate in the programme and activities we host. Ian is a great role model for other young people and what makes him more outstanding is that he realises this and works hard to not disappoint anyone.

Sean’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I feel more than just happy and proud to receive this award, I feel this award has given me a great opportunity and podium to be a role model to other young people my age, to show them all young people have a responsibility to their community to be leaders and make a positive contribution to society. I would like to use the money I receive to take out my peers to have fun and celebrate our achievements.”

Jack Petchey Winner May 2016 – Sean Burke

Dave, Sean BurkeYouth Participation Manager, says:

Sean has been with us for over 3 years as a participant but for the past 6 months, he has been volunteering as a young ambassador football coach and has been excellent. He has shown commitment, passion and enthusiasm for the role. He inspires the young players he coaches and encourages them all to engage. He has been very responsible and professional as a coach and the team are proud of him and his achievement and development in such a small amount of time.

Sean’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“Thank you. I am taken back by this acknowledgement, this award is great and I am very surprised and happy to have received it. I like coaching younger people and the team I have around me is very supportive and I would to take them out to enjoy a meal together.”

Jack Petchey Winner April 2016 – Hanna Hosseini

Dave, Hanna HossieniYouth Participation Manager, says:

Since joining us, Hanna has participated in many different projects and has shown a real commitment to the work to the point that others in the group are motivated and encouraged by her. She is also very polite and respectful to others and we believe a role model to her peers. She is currently helping us plan our next community event and is contributing many different ideas; she will also host the event on stage as well as perform.

Hanna’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I am very surprised to be given this Jack Petchey Award, I will feel very happy and proud to have won, especially because there were so many other great people in the group, so I don’t know what to say. But I definitely want to take the group out to celebrate the work we’ve been doing.”


Jack Petchey Winner March 2016 – Lauren Reid

Shipon, Lauren ReidPeer Education and Media Manager, says:

Lauren is a member of our peer education group and they have been working on creating a music video and delivering peer education to other young people. She has worked really hard and is always on time and enthusiastic about the work. She is liked by the entire group as she always shows she is passionate for the work and positive, which inspires the rest of the group and motivates them. Therefore, she really does deserve the award, especially as the group voted for her to win it.

Lauren’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I am very happy and surprised to have won this award. I feel proud to have been chosen by the rest of the group for my participation in working on the peer education programme. Because I am so thankful for winning, I’m going to take out the group with the money.”


Jack Petchey Winner February 2016 – Nazim Uddin

Alice, Nazim UddinMentoring Programme Officer, says:

Nazim has been involved with many projects at FYA, always showing great commitment and enthusiasm. Recently, he has been involved in the Christmas Community Dinner steering group, where he worked well alongside his other team members. Nazim offered to host the event and was a great compere, holding the show together and listening to audience feedback. Nazim should be proud of what achieved in the project.

Nazim’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I’m very happy to have won as I have always wanted it. I showed my mentor immediately. I have been with FYA for a while now and I understand their projects. Therefore, I would like to support their football programme and purchase a washer-dryer to wash their kit.”

Jack Petchey Winner January 2016 – Abbie Bishop-Fox

Alice, Abbie Bishop-FoxMentoring Programme Officer, says:

Abbie was a member of our youth steering group planning a Christmas Community Dinner. She showed great commitment to the project by going the extra step to research in her own time. She always came to sessions with new ideas and was invested in the event. On the day, Abbie showed great leadership by assisting a younger steward by making sure he was okay and knew what to do. Everyone was really impressed with her work in the project.

Abbie’s response to winning a Jack Petchey Award:

“I feel really happy and proud to have won the Jack Petchey Award! I’ve told everyone I know about it. I enjoyed being part of the Christmas event and working with everyone to put on a successful event. I look forward to celebrating the event at the dinner this award will pay for.”



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