IMPACT REPORT 2011-2012 - Buckinghamshire New University

IMPACT REPORT 2011-2012 - Buckinghamshire New University




Community-led solutions for a fairer society



Welcome by our Founder & Director

Looking at the world through the IARS window

What we do

A year on

The proof of the pudding is …

Where does our money come from and go to

Thank you from our Chair

Meet the IARS team









Who we are

IARS is a leading, international think-tank

with a charitable mission to give everyone

a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more

inclusive society.

We achieve our charitable aims by

producing evidence-based solutions to

current social problems, sharing best

practice and by supporting young people

and the community to shape decision

making. IARS is an international expert in

criminal justice, restorative justice,

human rights and inclusion, citizenship

and user-led research.

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Welcome by our Founder & Director

There is always a point in an

organisation’s history when you

know that it is special. I look back at

2011-12 with much pride and indeed

emotions for what we have achieved.

This was the year, when young IARS

established itself as a world class thinktank

recognised for its expertise and

passion in enabling communities,

irrespective of their location,

characteristics or background, to

participate in civic life and inform,

influence and shape decision making,

policy, legislation and practices. It hasn’t

been easy!

So, welcome to this year’s impact report!

For those who have followed IARS for

some time, it will become apparent that

the language and style we chose for this

report is rather different from previous

years. This is because we came to realise

that producing high quality, peer review

publications with complex arguments and

ground breaking research is not enough.

We need to be able to communicate with

everyone and for everyone, and yet without

losing sight of what we are respected for.

This year we also undertook a review of

our services and membership. We

recruited a new Chair and Vice Chair who

then went on to refresh the Board and lead

on developing a new 3 year Strategic Plan

which we are putting into effect from April

2012. Having run formally since 2004 and

with enough projects and successes under

our belt, we proceeded with confidence to

pin down what we are really good at. We

cleared our language and constructed a

common dictionary that articulates the

reason for our existence and what we do

on a day-to-day basis to materialise our

charitable mission.

Founded in the principle of individual

empowerment, IARS exists to give

everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer

and more inclusive society. Reaching over

2,000 volunteers, 300 interns and

thousands of organisations from around

the world, we can safely say that the year

that has passed was successful. We found

ourselves presenting our work in Canada,

Greece, Lithuania, France, Belgium,

Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt and in all corners

of the United Kingdom. As a truly

international think-tank, I saw my team

working passionately to materialise our

charitable aims, believing in my own vision

and making me proud as if I am heading a

big Greek family who, though may

sometime live in each other’s pockets,

we do so because of love.

The new year is indeed exciting, but not

without its challenges. We need to think

outside the box particularly when it comes

to income generation. More partnerships

need to be formed while we have to look at

business models that allow us to deliver

our charitable aims. I look forward to

working with our new Chair, John Palmer,

my Board, staff team, interns and

volunteers, and of course our members

and services users. Much gratitude goes

to our funders and all the individuals and

organisations that entrust us by working

with us, sponsoring our projects or

donating to our charity.

Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides

IARS’ mission for community-led

solutions to current social problems

helps us as academics, to develop new lines of

thoughts and methods of research and

scientific dialogue

Professor Vasso Artinopoulou

f. Vice Rector, Professor of Criminology at

Panteion University (Greece)

Dr. Theo Gavrielides

and Professor Artinopoulou


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Through the IARS window...

Looking at the world through the IARS window

Like most charities and voluntary

organisations, IARS was set up to

fill a gap in service provision and

help make the world a better place.

We view our society as a place where

everyone is given a chance to actively

participate in social problem solving. We

have evidence to believe that there is still

a long way to go before marginalised

groups and indeed every individual feels

that they are given their fair chance to

have a voice and indeed contribute to

society through its democratic structures.

The current economic climate forces everyone to revisit

their business plans. Charities are no exception. But as

Anne Frank said nobody needs wait a single moment before

starting to improve the world. The Anne Frank Trust highly

values its partnership with IARS and look forward to delivering

our joint 5 year Realising Ambition programme. There is no

time to lose, and we are glad that we can join forces with a

likeminded charity that places emphasis on evidence and


Gillian Walnes MBE

Co-Founder and Executive Director

The Anne Frank Trust UK

Human rights, equality and fairness

cannot be materialised without inclusion

in decision making processes that directly

affect us. Democracy will remain an empty

shell, if citizens are not provided with a

genuine chance and the infrastructure to

participate and engage in civic life. This is

particularly true for young people.

IARS’ founding principle is individual

empowerment. We believe that the best

solutions can be found in the individuals

whose lives are affected by the problem

we are trying to address - whatever that is

let it be crime related, public service

provision or integration. While enabling

individuals to produce their own

community-led solutions, IARS staff,

Board, interns and volunteers act in the

spirit of partnership, dignity, integrity and

honesty and we remain independent,

fearless and respectful of diversity and

equality issues. We are determined to be

known for our strong organisational ethos

rooted in our founding value of individual

empowerment as well as our

professionalism and expertise driven by

values, integrity, dedication and passion.

Sporting Sisters film launch

event at the Women’s Library


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What we do

What we do

Having a vision is not enough. We

also need the necessary action to

materialise it. In fact, social action

and community leadership have never

been more needed in society. At IARS, we

deliver our mission to give everyone a

chance to forge a safer, fairer and more

inclusive society:

By carrying out action research that is

independent, credible, focused and


By acting as a network that brings

people and ideas together,

communicates best practice and

encourages debates on current social

policy matters

By supporting the individual (with an

emphasis on young people) to carry

out their own initiatives to shape


By being an authoritative, independent

and evidence-based voice on current

social policy matters.

After a very difficult second year at university, I was at a

low point in my life. I took a gap year and that’s when I

found IARS. IARS gave me confidence and a feeling of personal

achievement. My confidence was grown further when I was

offered a position to support the running of IARS’ 99% youth-led

campaign. Being entrusted with this role was a huge incentive

to do well; for the IARS team, the campaign and for myself.

Since I left IARS in August 2011, I have completed my

bachelor’s degree. This is a real achievement considering I was

very close to dropping out altogether. I have also accepted a job

at Royal Bank of Scotland and I will be applying for the Civil

Service Fast Stream and the HM Prison

Service Graduate Scheme. I am looking

forward to the life ahead!

Clare Askew

IARS Intern

As an independent, advocacy organisation

we have a mission to transform young

people’s lives by enabling them to have a

better future, and participate equally and

democratically in civic life. IARS young

people learn to inform policies and

practices affecting them whether at a

local, regional, national or international


IARS’ 99% Campaign young

volunteers with Lewis Parle,

Programme Director


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A year on...

A year on

Looking at our 4 core services, in the

year that has passed, we achieved

the following:






1. Independent – Credible –

Focussed – Current –

Action – Research

Mail subscribers

LinkedIn following

99% Campaign Twitter following

IARS Twitter following

IARS Website (unique followers)

Published the book “Restorative

Justice & the Secure Estate:

Alternatives for Young People in


Published Volume 2, Issue 2 of our

peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal

Published in partnership with de

Sitter Publications the book “Rights

and Restoration within Youth Justice”

Carried out research and published in

peer review journals and newsletters

in the areas of restorative justice,

criminal justice, child sexual abuse,

violence against women, riots,

equality and human rights.

2. Bringing people & ideas

together – sharing best

practice – encouraging


● Set up the international Restorative

Justice Research Network

disseminating cutting edge research,

training and grant information to over

1000 individuals worldwide

● Continued the Youth Policy Response

Group bringing together 15 youthfocused

organisation to coordinate

policy responses to government

● Shared news and views via our

website visited by over 14,300 people

● Shared best practice via our

e-newsletters reaching over 2000

subscribers per month

● Held a national conference for 100

people on restorative justice and


● Held a film screening for 100 people

focusing on Muslim women’s history

in sports

● Spoke at various national and

international conferences and held


● Through the Youth in Action EU

programme, we acted as a pan-

European network on youth matters

and social policy affecting the young

people of Europe.






0 2009-10 2010-11


Some statistics do matter!

IARS’ social media following


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A year on...

3. Supporting the individual

& young people to shape

decision making

● Continued the youth-led 99%

campaign serving over 2,000


● Provided 72 part time internships at

our offices and volunteering

opportunities for 775 young people to

be involved in community and

education outreach activities and

another 554 young people to get

involved in research

● Produced the youth-led film “Sporting

Sisters: Stories of Muslim Women in

Sports” watched by over 3,000 viewers

and disseminated to schools and


● Set up the new 99% Campaign blog

website and various social media

accounts visited and followed by at

least 2,000 people per month.

4. Being an authoritative –

independent – evidence

based voice on current

social policy matters

We submitted over 20 consultation

responses covering policing, the

prison service, restorative justice,

education, citizenship, youth services

and justice

We established ‘IARS Publications’ as

an independent small publisher

We maintained our seats in key

decision making bodies nationally and


For the last 9 months I have been volunteering for IARS

on the Muslim Women in Sport project. This has been a

fantastic opportunity for me. I had never managed a project

before and IARS gave me the opportunity to try something new

and prove myself. I’ve learnt a great deal about managing

projects and I am no longer afraid to delegate tasks, assign

people roles and work with what you’ve got! Volunteering with

IARS has changed my perspective on my career path. Having

worked on the project, I now

want to go into documentary

film making and research,

something that I would not

have found out if it were not

for this project!

Safia Abdullah

IARS Intern

IARS VOLUNTEERS, Sultana Zesmin, Safia Abdullah,

Zeenat Rahim, Eirteqa Sultan


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The proof of the pudding...

The proof of the pudding is …

Although numbers do matter, what

we are mostly passionate about is

monitoring our qualitative impact

on the individual and the society. In the

end, our measure of success is how close

we come to our vision and indeed in

delivering our mission as a charity and as

an international think-tank. Some

highlights from the year include:

In May 2011, we provided support to one

of our volunteers to speak on a panel at a

community consultation about “Stop and

Account”. Danni spoke effectively about

the importance of maintaining records of

Stop and Accounts from a young person’s

perspective. The Metropolitan Police took

seriously her views and the evidence we

submitted and as a result they agreed

that no changes should be made to the

way in which information is recorded

during a Stop and Account. This was a

success both in terms of the impact it

had on London based policing policy and

also for Danni’s own personal

development in having the confidence to

speak in front of a large audience at the

Mayor’s Office at the age of 19. Danni

said: “This was not something I thought I

would have been able to do prior to my

time volunteering with IARS.”

In October 2011, our consultation

response to the UK Government’s

Positive for Youth paper was picked up

by Parliamentary Under Secretary for

Children and Young People, Tim

Loughton. He was particularly interested

in the arguments we made about how to

promote a more positive image of young

people through the 99% Campaign.

Three young people were invited to meet

with the Minister to discuss their ideas.

In the final “Positive for Youth” policy, a

direct reference was made to the 99%


IARS and RJC conference on

restorative justice in prisons

Minister Tim Loughton MP

meets IARS 99% Campagn


In December 2011, we launched our book

“Restorative Justice & the Secure Estate:

Alternatives for Young People in Custody”

at a national conference where 100

people attended along with

representatives from government, policy

and academia attended. Subsequently,

the UK Parliamentary Under Secretary

with responsibilities for prisons and

youth justice wrote to us explaining how

our research findings will help the

Ministry of Justice develop their strategy

for restorative justice in prisons. Soon

after, the UK government announced the

commissioning of £1.5 million to be

spent on training of prison staff on

restorative justice. The book was later

presented at a European conference in

Budapest where 200 experts from

around the world commented on its

findings. It is now being referenced as a

key resource for researchers, policy

makers and practitioners worldwide.

IARS Interns in action


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The proof of the pudding...

At the beginning of their IARS journey, we

ask all our interns and volunteers to set

three goals; we review their progress at

the end of their placement. Here’s what

some said about how they progressed:

“I feel like I've progressed in

meeting facilitation skills”.

“I've learned to voice my opinion a

bit more and also to be patient and

hear out other opinions”.

“My confidence wasn't that good

before I joined IARS but since I

started attending the meetings and

doing different activities, I have

improved a lot and I am able to

participate in any debate or

discussion that goes on. My

confidence level is very high now.”

99% Campaign award winner receives his prize from Bexley

CEO and the Mayor of Bexley in the middle of the football pitch

At the end of their volunteering with IARS

100% of volunteers surveyed rated both

their self-motivation skills and team

working skills as between 7-10/10, an

increase of nearly 10% since they started.

97% volunteers surveyed feel that their

voices are listened to within the


Where does our money come from and go to

Where money came from in 2011-12:

Donations &






Where money went to in 2011-12:




Support Costs









£ 375,669

EU Grants



£ 301,680

Trusts &







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From the Chair

Thank you from our Chair

As you read this report it’s been a

busy, challenging and successful

year for our charity. Speaking as a

relative newcomer, it is gratifying to see

how widely our impact has been spread

across an extensive range of topical issues.

For example we have developed unique

insights into last year’s riots, continued our

youth-led 99% campaign, looked into

issues focusing on youth safety on public

transport, worked with young women in the

criminal justice system, established

ourselves as a leading thought leader on

restorative justice and youth volunteering. I

was particularly impressed by the ‘Sporting

Sisters’ project, focusing on the heritage of

Muslim women in sport. This project gave a

group of young Muslim women, opportunity

to produce an entertaining film and develop

a great new learning resource that has now

been viewed on youtube by over 3,000

people and is disseminated widely and

freely to schools in England.

One of my first priorities as Chair has

been to help IARS renew its vision,

mission and core business objectives.

Rather than produce the new strategy in

isolation, we ran a robust process, which

involved an away day and in-depth

consultation with past and present

trustees, our outstanding staff team,


dedicated volunteers, attentive peers and

generous supporters. I strongly believe

that we have developed a new strong and

achievable strategy for the organisation.

Our vision of a society in which everyone is

given a chance to actively participate in

social problem solving, is a particularly

relevant aspiration given the challenges

that we all face in these difficult times. At

IARS, we believe that everyone should have

a chance to contribute to forging a safer

fairer and more inclusive society. As you

will see from this report, we produce

evidence-based solutions to current social

problems, we share best practice, and also

support young people in their communities,

enabling them to shape policies and

practices that directly impact on their lives.

Despite the challenging economic,

political, and funding climate, IARS has

continued to grow, deliver successful

outcomes, and innovate projects across a

wide range of social justice issues. Our

impactful work would not be possible

without the total dedication of our staff and

volunteer team, led by Dr Theo Gavrielides.

We are fortunate to have an energetic and

visionary leader who is totally dedicated,

ensuring that IARS continues to achieve

excellent outcomes for our society. As I

Our partnership with IARS enables our two organisations

to exchange ideas, staff, resources and knowledge which

help us to support each other in our shared mission of

enhancing community strengths through action research and

recognition of the value young people

bring to their local areas

Dr. Margaret Greenfields

Research Director of the Institute for

Diversity Research, Inclusivity,

Communities and Society (IDRICS) at

Buckinghamshire New University

IARS Chair, John Palmer, giving

a Jack Petchy Award to IARS


have got to know the team better, I have

become even more inspired by their

dedication and commitment.

I would also like to use this opportunity to

thank our departing trustees, Helen

Deakin, Jack Lewars and Stephanie

Drakes. They have all greatly contributed

to shaping IARS future success. Myself

and the Board, team and volunteers

remain indebted to our funders, patrons

and supporters who trust and believe in

our work and who through their funding

and other means of support have assisted

IARS in engendering change and retaining

our high standard.

As we look back over the past year’s

successes, it is important to be clear about

the challenges that we will face in the

future. We must continue to deliver

successful outcomes to the projects which

are currently underway, we have to continue

focus on growth, in particular widening our

funding and income generation

opportunities, and we must develop

strategies which will raise our profile, to

ensure that decision makers and opinion

formers are influenced by our work. I am

really looking forward to working with the

IARS team, our new Trustees and indeed

showing even greater impact over the

coming 12 months.

John Palmer, Chair of the

IARS Board of Trustees

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The IARS Team

Meet the IARS Team

IARS Patrons

Board of Trustees

John Palmer (Chair)

Keith Griffiths (Vice Chair)

Elise Leclerc

Maria Stephens

Francoise Ghaly

Adam Fellows

Lord Charlie Falconer

Sir George Newman

Research Associates

Matina Marougka | Safia Abdullah | Rakshita Patel

Ben Lyon | Zeenat Rahim | Dr. Margaret Greenfields

Academic & Editorial Board

Prof. John Winterdyk | Dr. Lee Hudson | Dr. Sabine Selchow

Sinclair Coward | Prof. Maria Hadjipavlou | Dr. Borbala Fellegi

Dr. Margaret Greenfields | Rod Earle | Prof. Richard Grimes

Prof. Vaso Artinopoulou | Prof. Gerry Johnstone

Dr Loretta Trickett

Sir Bert Massie CBE

Trevor Phillips OBE

Staff Team

Part-time Volunteers & Interns

Kamer Dunnus | Jocelyn Xavier,

Sufia Shahnawaz | Jane

Namugwana | Grace Anstey |

Shruti Morzaria | Tosin Ajaayi |

Andrea Charalambous |

Asha Ali, Annalise Amoako |

Awel Akuei | Megham Bidwell |

Krystal Sommah | Mariam

Serrokh | John Teamrat |

Ifeatu Nnaobi | Jabrane Iguider

| Tatiana Garavito | Danni

Briggs, Alex Amileke | Charley

Bird, Ben Hickey | Ruth Onuoha

| Anna Lose | Joyce Ogechi

Okezie | Layla Ferguson | Sonia

Akthar | Saleha Begum | Nicole

Zhao | Isabel Chapman | Aaron

Thompson | Sherée Prospere

| Sakib Rashid | Ladan Dirie

| Rubaiya Yasmin | Sabrina

Jahan | Sultana Zesmin | Asma

Ali Farah | Noorjahan Begum |

Russi Akther Khanom | Fatima

Alrayes | Safia Abdullah | Roma

Khatun | Clara Collingwood,

Natasha Mellersh | Zeenat

Rahim | Sophia Kosmider |

Eirteqa Sultan | Sean Illing |

Elias Papadopoulos | Yolanda

Shamash | Chang Li | Stefania

Morozini | Halimat Afolabi |

Lamiat Sabin | Andrew

Manganelli | Lilian Lin | James

Childs | Denise Akindele |

Ashley Major | Angie Lai |

Parisa Karbassi | Matt Corr,

Sophie O'Neill | Manon Sell |

Calvin Mcleish.

Founder & Director:

Dr. Theo Gavrielides

Project Coordinator:

Holly Challenger

Finance Manager:

Besa Hasaj

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Programme Director:

Lewis Parle

Comms & Marketing

Officer: Mathew Corr

P/A to the Director &

Office Administrator:


Research & Policy

Coordinator: Rachel Cass

IT Manager:

Steve Rose

Finance Officer:

Hatixhe Demushi


As a charity, IARS relies on grants, sponsors and

charitable funds to deliver its charitable aims and make

a difference for society. We work closely with our funders

and sponsors to ensure that their expectations and vision are

met. If you would like more information on how to support our

mission please contact IARS’ Director,

Dr. Theo Gavrielides

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In 20112012 IARS was funded and sponsored by:

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