First-hand experience from others that understand

Celebrity awards Presented At “Just Giving “Event

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On the 22nd November 2016, Tracey Ford CEO and Founder of “JAGS” Foundation along with Criminologist Researcher Emilia Gill attended the “Just Giving Awards Gala Event”.  Over 14.000 people were nominated to receive rewards, however, there could only be image1-3twenty-four  finalists .Those who made it to  the finals, each had a different charity focus. For example finalist Dean Ovel was nominated “Creative Fundraiser” of the year due to building a human size hamster wheel out of wood. Dean ran on the hamster wheel for 24 hours in public view, which raised just under  £8000 to support the Southend hospital charity “Dementia Appeal”.


Another fantastic finalist was four-year old Lyla who showed a selflessness wanting to donate clean water to children in developing  countries for her fifth birthday. Instead Lyla’s parents received donations which were forwarded to the charity “Water aid” instead of presents for Lyla.This raised a whooping £1.700.image4

There were also a celebrity nominations ,one being Henry Cavil Ambassador for the Royal Marines Charity and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The nominated celebrity winner Jodie Kidd , was awarded by “JAGS” very own Tracey Ford. Jodie raised over £25.000 to support the “Help for Heroes” Charity by climbing 19.341 feet and cycling with wounded veterens.The money will go towards those veterans who suffer from depression and anxiety. Tracey reiterated “the evening was a great one with a beautiful dinner and stories told that could make you cry” .We can only imagine how good it felt to hand an award to such an amazing young woman.

Thank you “Just Giving” for inviting us to such a super event.

Blogged by:

Natasha Boatswain

JAGS Foundation Criminologist Researcher


A Great Celebration OF Life


On the 20th November 2016 “JAGS Foundation held their 2nd “A Celebration of life event”. The event marks the birthday of James Andre Godfrey Smartt- Ford who was a tragic victim of youth violence in 2007.The celebration of Life event also brings an awareness to the  community regarding the harsh reality such crimes has on local communities and familys. The host of the event Chris Preddie was himself awarded an OBE from the Queen for his outstanding contribution to youth work in 2012.



There were a number of  great artists in attendance, with many raffle prizes being given out. Singing artist Dayna Pearson along with Singer Zhane sang a number of songs that were well received by everyone. Natalie Twum -Barima was the spoken word guest along with Glitch. D Martian rapped regarding subculture and environment which was very enlightening to how the youth see today’s society.


It was a pleasure to have Yvette Edwards on board, author of “The Mother”. Yvette read from  pages of her book about a young boy who lost his life at 16 years old. The event was a celebration of Life  but also a reminder of the struggles communities continue to face in 2016.

CEO Tracey Ford thanked everyone for attending remembering her son Andre’s birthday and reiterating that he continually missed. The event was a huge  success and a reminder that if a community works together change can take place, ideas can be shared and things can get better.


Blog created by:

Natasha Boatswain

JAGS Foundation Criminology Researcher/Blogger


Sista Figure in Partnership with Healthwatch


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On the 28th October JAGS Foundation hosted Sister Figure, a day of workshops aimed to empower young women and talk about issues we face in contemporary society.

The event ran all day and started with a discussion about family and relationships, and the importance of having someone to talk to about problems. It then moved on to a poetry and spoken word workshop, with a key theme being ambition without limits.  Our Guest Speaker, the Truth Poet, led the workshop, starting with her own poem and then teaching the girls how to write themselves. She told her story of how poetry helped her escape trouble she found in her life, and how creativity can be a useful release of stress.


After lunch Jill from the NHS spoke, asking about access to health services and evaluating the girls recent experiences of NHS services.  We spoke about what could be improved and what was working, within schools and clinics.


After this Ebi spoke about the empowerment of young women, and not striving for celebritism, in the form of Kardashians, or other celebrities that young girls see as the perfect woman, when in reality it is more important to be comfortable in your own skin and to love yourself.

We would like to say a huge thank you from JAGS Foundation to Healthwatch and the NHS for funding the event, without their support we wouldn’t be able to run the day and inspire local young woman. Thank you also to all the girls that came!

Words by Emilia Gill – JAGS Researcher


JAGS Foundation Updates

Black Youth Achievements Finalists 2016 

The BYA Awards aims to recognise, reward and promote the positive actions and accomplishments of young black people throughout the United Kingdom. The event will be held on the 26th November 2016.



Thank you to the judges for our nomination!


Come and have your say about health services young people 11-18. Were holding a ‘Sister Figure’ workshop focused on young womens health and wellbeing during half term.The well-being practitioners will deliver short therapeutic head massage sessions and  spoken word artist will  engage with the participants on the sensitive issues of  teenage pregnancy, sexual health.

We will be working in small focus groups, giving the NHS and external speakers the opportunity to hear first hand information in groups and to  receive one-to-one feedback on the level and types of services needed and  being accessed within young people in the Borough.

I’m a Sista Figure

Words by Emilia Gill – JAGS Researcher


Street Doctors

This year JAGs Foundation will be speaking at Street Doctors Conference on the 28th October in Birmingham. They work to educate young people on how to provide simple first aid in order to prevent fatal injuries. They have taught life skills to just under 2,000 people.

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Celebration of Life event – 20th November

Join us on the evening of Sunday 20th November to remember all the young lives lost to youth on youth violence. WE come together through live music, talented young performers, singers, spoken words and much more. It will be a fun filled evening with raffle prizes and much more.
Book your early tickets today using the link :

Dover Rotary Club

On the 28th April Tracey Ford visited the Dover Rotary Club to speak about youth on youth violence and pass on the message to help young people to get involved in their community, and help provide opportunities. Members asked Tracey about laws surrounding parenting and protection of children, and Tracey told the story of how JAGS began and the developments within the organisation 9 years on. She spoke about her work in schools and JAGS focus on educating and preventing young people about violence.

We would like to thank the Rotary Club for their hospitality.

Words by Emilia Gill – JAGS Researcher

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Brighton Paris Cycle Fundraiser

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 My journey – DAY 1

On the 30th March I woke up at 6am and attached my rucksack to the back of my bike. Feeling extremely nervous I cycled down to Brighton Pier to meet the group of people I was going to cycle to Paris with. All 12 of us set off for Newhaven and were on the ferry to Dieppe by 10. We arrived in Dieppe and spent the first day cycling on a beautiful old railway line down to Bray, now a cycling path. The weather was good and we were feeling confident, until the clouds went grey and a rainstorm began. We continued to cycle and I remember losing all feeling in my toes and fingers. After another hour cycling in the rain we found shelter under a railway bridge and ate some glucose packs to re-energize. After a short break we continued to our first stop, where we slept for the night.

I woke up after only managing to sleep for a couple of hours, mainly due to nerves. After a café au lait and crossiant we set off, weary eyed for day 2. We cycled through the beautiful rural countryside of Northern France, with lots of hills farms and forests. The weather held up well besides an hour or twos rain, but was nowhere near as bad as the first day. We treated ourselves to a lovely hotel with a pool and had a swim after my legs began cramping up. We had dinner and went to sleep, ready for another big day of cycling.



  DAY 3

Didn’t sleep again last night, managed to nod off for about 3 hours. Normally good at sleeping so struggling with over tiredness. But ready for the last day of cycling! 55 miles to Paris. On this day we encountered the hardest hills of the entire trip, with one hill taking about an hour of solid cycling to make it to the top. We were absolutely exhausted but spirits were not dampened, and when we reached the edge of Paris and saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time it felt incredible. What an amazing sight. We arrived in Paris that evening.

Throughout the whole trip I only managed to suffer 2 bike punctures, and survived one of the heaviest rainstorms I’ve ever witnessed.

Words by Emilia Gill – JAGS Researcher

I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated, there is one day left of fundraising before my page closes!  

You can donate  on Justgiving here

Yeh we did it!!!

International Womens Day Fundraiser

Today we attended the ASKI (Advice, Support, Knowledge, Information)’s International Women’s Day Fundraiser in Thornton Heath. The fundraiser focused on the empowerment and emancipation of women throughout history to now, as well as acknowledging all the women present. The morning combined music, poetry, spoken word, and guest speeches from the Mayor of Croydon and our very own Tracey Ford.


Thank you so much to Joseph and the rest of the team for having us, it was a lovely day.

See below for pictures:

Words by Emilia Gill – JAGS Researcher

House of Commons Debate

We attended the Houses of Commons last week for the Youth Violence debate in the chamber. We were there to support MP Chuka of Streatham, who is running a stop youth violence debate.

Starting his opening speech about the work of our CEO Tracey and JAGS was incredible to hear, and he continued to lead a debate about the strategies being implemented all over England and Scotland to reduce youth violence and provide alternative places for young people to go.

To see a clip of the debate follow the link below:


Words by Emilia Gill – JAGS Researcher



Chuka Ummana Debate

We wanted to express our congratulations to Chuka who was due to have a meeting voicing the epidemic of youth violence at the Houses of Commons. With 187 youth on youth murders since 2005 this is a serious problem that needs to be heard, and with discussions taking place whereby influential politicians can hear, a movement towards change can occur and proceed. The meeting has been rescheduled, however we wanted to say thank you to him for pushing the meeting and helping voices to be heard.

Chuka Ummana is an influential person within the local community, as seen in his recent visit to St Martins. The video and other pictures from our meeting with Chuka can be found on our twitter page.

Words by Emilia Gill – JAGS Researcher







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