20 year anniversary

Gary Francis young achiever awards 2017

The Gary Francis Achievement Awards are held each year to recognise local young people who achieve against the odds.

Gary Francis was Hackney CVS’ Youth Programmes Manager. Over 6 years he secured nearly £2m for projects working with disadvantaged young people. Gary was a key figure in the local community and his knowledge and expertise helped to shape the Borough’s approach to tackling youth crime by ensuring a focus on giving young people opportunities to achieve their best.

Sadly, Gary passed away from cancer in 2012 . We hold the annual awards to remember his achievements and to celebrate the achievements of some amazing local young people.

We invite nominations from local voluntary and community organisations. Winners receive a one off payment of £250 and an achievement certificate.

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday 11th October 5pm.

Nominate here

Winners will be announced at our 20 year anniversary event at The Ace Hotel on 26 October 2017.

Read more about Gary’s life and work

With thanks to our award sponsors: Hackney Council, Coopysys and Linklaters

Alongside the Gary Francis awards, we are holding the Adiaha Antigha community achievement awards, held in memory of our former director.



Gary was an inspiration to young people in Hackney and greatly respected by all the partners. Gary was a great guy who will be sadly missed.

Steve Bending, Hackney’s former Borough Commander

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