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The Birch Awards

The Birch Awards celebrates the incredible achievements of children and young people to help end homelessness, in support of Crisis. Every year, children and young people across Great Britain do amazing things to help make sure everyone has a place to call home. This includes getting creative with their own fundraising challenges, raising awareness about homelessness, fundraising through one of our events and writing to politicians to call for change.

Last year we celebrated three amazing winners:

  • The 8th Kenton Scout Troop were awarded the Emma Kelty Award after collectively taking part in Step Forward and activities to learn more about homelessness and how it can be ended.
  • The Birch Award was awarded to 16 year old Sarita who held a live virtual concert, performing several songs in different languages with a number of musical instruments and raising over £1000 in under 24 hours. Sarita also wrote an article about homelessness which was published in her School Economics magazine.
  • The winner of the Exceptional Young Fundraiser Award was Zac, who began fundraising by donating his pocket money and encouraging others to do the same, as well as donating Winter accessories, toiletries and food to the Croydon Skylight.

We can’t wait to celebrate more exceptional young Crisis supporters this year and recognise their outstanding efforts to help end homelessness. If you know an amazing young person or group of young people who have supported Crisis, you can find out more about the three awards and how to nominate them below.

Thank you. Together, we can end homelessness

What awards can I nominate a young person for?

Emma Kelty Award

This award will be presented to a group of young people (a class, a scout group, club etc) who have shown their passion towards ending homelessness, in memory of explorer and passionate Crisis supporter, Emma Kelty.

This could include:

  • Completing one of the activities for young people on our website as a group
  • Taking action as a group, whether that’s through fundraising, learning more about homelessness or raising awareness in the community

These are just a few examples, we’d love to hear from you about the amazing things young people have done to support Crisis!

Submit a nomination

Birch Award

This award will be presented to a young Crisis supporter who has gone above and beyond to inspire others to learn about and help end homelessness, in memory of passionate and inspiring Crisis staff member, Rosie Birch.

This could include:

  • Learning more about homelessness through our resources
  • Teaching others about homelessness and Crisis’ work, for example, by giving a presentation at school
  • Inspiring others to get involved and support Crisis’ mission to end homelessness

These are just a few examples, we’d love to hear from you about the amazing things young people have done to support Crisis! Nominate someone using the form below.

Submit a nomination

Exceptional Young Fundraiser Award

This award will be presented to a young Crisis supporter who has gone above and beyond in their fundraising efforts to help end homelessness.

This could include:

  • Taking on a significant challenge to fundraise for Crisis
  • Getting creative with fundraising ideas

These are just a few examples, we’d love to hear from you about the amazing things young people have done to support Crisis! Nominate someone using the form below.

Submit a nomination

Who is eligible?

Anyone over 18 can nominate an outstanding young person or group of young people connected with Crisis. This could be a young person who inspired others, a passionate youth group or a fundraiser who has gone above and beyond in their efforts.

All the nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and those shortlisted will then be invited to a virtual ceremony on Friday 26th August 2022 where the winners will be announced.

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