Congratulations to some of our young people; Jalal, Oshane, Nahid and Adriana who have all just been awarded Jack Petchey Foundation Silver Awards for their outstanding efforts on our 2022 London Green Champions Project.

The Jack Petchey Foundation Silver Awards recognises young people aged 11-25 for their outstanding achievements and personal development. Each young person nominated by Headliners (UK) receives a certificate, pin badge and a book from Sir Jack himself, as well as a grant towards improving the projects we deliver.

Over the course of our 12-week programme, Oshane has consistently demonstrated a strong understanding and curiosity towards the natural environment. He dives in headfirst to all activities and consistently uplifts the energy and interest of the group by giving unconventional answers within group discussions. For example, by educating the rest of the group on the environmental problems associated with E-waste and how we can benefit from recycling of Lithium Batteries.

Adriana stood out for her amazing photography work. Despite being new to photography, she has demonstrated a natural skill towards her photography, which has only progressed week on week with practise during our sessions. Without instruction, Adriana consistently manages to shoot sharp images of a range of subjects and creatively uses different angles to do so. She has been a catalyst for improving the confidence of her fellow peers as she always offers to help the rest of the group with their shots.

Jalal has been recognised for his personal developments throughout the programme so far. Jalal is an asylum seeker from Sudan, having lived in the UK for less than a year with English as a second language. Despite this, his vocabulary and confidence has grown immensely since his first week. On our trip to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Hyde Park, kindly funded by The Jack Petchey Foundation, Jalal was able to independently identify and document several UK bird species - He should be proud!

Nahid has been awarded for his ability to discuss and empower others. Nahid always brings in alternative perspectives into our group discussions and consistently tries to empower the rest of the group, who to share their opinions without judgement. At the start of our sessions, Nahid will ask the rest of the group to share what they are grateful for and prompt them to be grateful for small things in life. This is an outstanding outlook on life and should be celebrated. 

Thanks to ELATT College, our London Green Champions were invited to celebrate their achievements during a Summer Celebration event. The event, held at the end of July, showcased the outstanding work of the young people, and presented various awards and prizes accomplished throughout the academic year.

Project Officer Ruby Punt, awarding Jack Petchey Silver Awards to the nominees.