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. The 2018 awards will open in July.

Read more about Gary’s life and work

Read about our 2017 awards evening at The Ace Hotel

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

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

The next Gary Francis Awards will be given out in March 2019. More information will follow soon.



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

Want to get involved?

Find out more about your local charities and community groups.
Get involved