Two Fixers, determined to prevent young people becoming trapped by the reputation of their deprived neighbourhoods, have received national recognition for the impact of their campaign.
At a smart ceremony in the House of Commons, London, Fixers Jayden Neville-Moore and Jonathan Monger (both 21) beat entries from across the country to win the Kids Count award for the Most Inspirational Campaign on Youth Issues 2013.
The event, attended by a range of politicians and hosted by Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans MP, celebrated the work of young people throughout the UK who are making a difference to their communities.
Jayden and Jonathan had never been to Westminster before, so were excited before their victory was announced.
‘It is just so great to be in London, see so many new things, and meet so many new people,’ said Jayden.
‘But then to win the award is just excellent. We could never have imagined our project being so successful.’
Jayden and Jonathan began working with Fixers last year to encourage young people in their area of Taunton to get off the streets and begin leisure and educational activities.
Through a short documentary, they persuaded the local Council to allow them to open a youth centre providing training for young people on the Halcon estate – an area which is among the most deprived in the country. (You can read their story here).
Presenting the award to Jayden and Jonathan, James Brokenshire MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup said: ‘Jayden and Jon prove that young people are prepared to work hard for themselves, and for future generations. It gives me great pleasure to present this award to them.’
Receiving the award, Jonathan said: ‘When we first started this campaign, we thought that perhaps we would not be listened to, and that people would ignore the message we were trying to get across.
‘But we have received so much support from so many different people. It’s been absolutely fantastic. It feels really great to receive this award, and we want to say thank you for all the good feedback we have had.’
You can see pictures from the ceremony below.
The setting for the Kids Count awards in London
Jonathan and Jayden, and their guests for the ceremony, await their award
The crowd at the event
Jayden and Jonathan receiving their award from James Brokenshire MP
Jayden and Jonathan with Kids Count founder Linda Lawrence
It was a lovely evening in London...
...meaning there was always time for group Fixers photo