On the 7th August, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, IARS  is holding the second Annual Research & Leadership Awards at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, with support from the EU Youth in Action Programme, Nominet Trust and the Big Lottery Fund.

The awards were developed on the back of the 2011 summer riots and aim to recognise the young people, community members and public services staff who help to deliver IARS’ mission to give everyone a chance to forge a fairer society.

Dr Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director said: “We are very pleased to hold these awards for the second year. We are grateful to the funders and all those who believe in our charitable mission and vision. These awards are an excellent opportunity to say thank you to our communities and to celebrate achievements and excellence and youth leadership. I look forward to seeing as many people as possible on the 7th”

The awards ceremony will see the presence of key figures working closely with young people. Among others, Dan Sutch of Nominet Trust will speak about funding opportunities for young people and Gwanwyn Mason of Metropolitan Police Service, will talk about the relationship between young people and the police. Ms Mason said: “As lead for Youth Engagement in the MPS I fully support the messages of the 99% campaign in highlighting all the positive contributions that young people make to our communities and society overall. I believe we must do all we can to celebrate and publicise the large number of brilliant young role models we have in order to inspire more young people to fulfil their potential in similar ways. The 99% campaign provides us with an important and exciting opportunity to do just that."

There are six Awards Categories this year: 

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Sunday 21st July 2013.  Winners and runners up will be announced at the awards ceremony. You can nominate via this link

Javed Khan, chief executive of Victim Support, said: “I am delighted to support these awards which highlight the valuable and selfless work many young people do in their communities. All too often young people bear the brunt of society’s ills or are unfairly blamed for them, so it is only right that we recognise and celebrate their many positive contributions.”

Dr Matthew Worley said: 'The Subcultures Network and University of Reading is delighted to support the Research & Leadership Awards. We recognise it as an important means of empowering young people throughout the UK'.

Book your FREE ticket at http://www.iars.org.uk/IARSawards2013 today!

Entry to the ceremony is free and open to all members of the community, although places are limited. As with every year, the awards ceremony will be concluded with the IARS Big Charity Quiz. Live music and dance will also lighten up the event.  Entry for the Quiz is £2 per person which includes a free drink and food! All proceeds go to our charity. If you believe in IARS’ mission, then please consider booking your ticket through the donation option. Even £5 can make a huge difference!

PRESS RELEASE: 19/07/2013

CONTACT: DR. THEO GAVRIELIDES | 02078200945 | 07955728951| @TGavrielides

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Notes to Editors

- About the Awards

Awards Page http://www.iars.org.uk/content/research_and_leadership_awards

Awards Ceremony http://www.iars.org.uk/IARSawards2013

Ritzy Cinema, Colharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW12 1JG

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