Fixers, a young person’s charity that we’ve supported for a number of years has won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Founded in 2008, the initiative run by the independent charity, The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, backed by us and part funded by the Big Lottery Fund Fixers gives young people the chance to create a media campaign on any issue they feel strongly about.
It’s a unique approach, led by young people that enables them to create their own solutions to problems that affect themselves and their communities. Using the skills of creative experts, the Fixers develop ways to get their message heard by the right people, whether that’s through film, print media, on-line campaigns or events. We’ve supported Fixers by showcasing stories to our audiences through our regional News programmes, featuring the latest projects each month. Since it began some 20,000 young people in England have become Fixers and created around 2,000 projects.
Mariam Ahmed along with others from the Fixers team attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the award. Mariam first became involved with the charity five years ago as a volunteer on a project to raise awareness about homelessness, after she found herself living on the streets of Leeds when she was 13. Now working for the charity she said ‘”I am so proud of all the young people who have given their time voluntarily to work tirelessly with Fixers and campaign on issues affecting their communities. Fixers allowed me to progress my ideas about homelessness and do something about the issues that I felt were important and needed to be spoken about”.
Fixers started in 2008 as just an idea… an idea given a voice by some 20,000 young people over the past five years. They have reached thousands of people with their work, on a national stage as well as in and around where they live. They choose the full array of social and health issues facing society today and set about making their mark. Fixers are always courageous and their ideas can be challenging and life-changing, not just for themselves. Margo Horsley, Chief Executive of Fixers