The Spark Awards celebrate talent across the sector. Nominations for the 2018 Spark Awards are now open

Overview of the process

One award will be presented in each of the following categories. Please read the details of the award you wish to nominate for, before completing the form, to check what information to include.  

The link to the form is here – it is the same form for all awards, simply specify which award you are nominating for.

Encourage Foyer residents and Foyer staff to nominate, please download, print and place this poster on your noticeboard.


Inspiration Award

Do you work with a young person who has been on an inspirational journey? Have they overcome adversity? Have they used their talent to shine? Have they begun to thrive not just survive? We want to celebrate their achievement.

To nominate a young person we need:

  • Their name, Foyer name and key worker contact
  • Their story – information about their journey
  • The impact it has had on the young person

A current or former resident can be nominated for this award.

Extra Mile Award

We want to hear about young people who make a positive contribution to life in your Foyer but don’t necessarily shout about it. Which young people go the extra mile for staff or their peers? Who has a positive impact on the Foyer and a role model to others? To nominate a young person for this award we need the following:

  • Name of young person, Foyer and key worker contact
  • How and why they are an unsung hero
  • What impact they have on staff and peers

This award can be nominated by staff OR a fellow resident.

Positive Move-On Award

Do you have young people who have had successful move on from your Foyer? Is this young person a role model to other young people in your Foyer?

To nominate we would like to know:

  • Why this was such a positive move-on
  • What the young person is doing now
  • Who else was involved in making it a positive move on (staff, peers, other organisations)
  • What key steps were taken during this move-on process

Unsung Hero Award

This award is designed to celebrate those people who work at your Foyer who contribute to providing great opportunities for young people but may sometimes go unnoticed. It may be a member of the reception team who always offers a warm welcome to residents, or someone on the cleaning team who greets everyone with a smile, or a committed volunteer who goes over and above to support young people at the Foyer.

When nominating for this award, please include:

  • A summary of the unsung hero’s role and how long they have been at your Foyer or a connected Foyer
  • Why you believe they deserve this award, with examples of how they go the extra mile for young people

This award can be nominated by either a fellow staff member OR a young person.

Young People’s Choice staff Award

This award is designed to give young people the chance to thank and celebrate a staff member (e.g. a key worker, coach, or similar role at your Foyer) who has offered them particular support and solidarity while they have been living at the Foyer.

In the nomination, please include a summary of what difference this person has made to your life, how long you have been a resident of the Foyer, and specific things they have helped you with.

This award must be nominated by a young person.

Foyer Legend Award

Is there a member of staff who has worked tirelessly for a decade or more in your Foyer? This award will shine a spotlight on the dedication and expertise of these staff who have remained committed to the Foyer through the years and rolled with the punches, leading on new and creative services for young people.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have been a staff member at your Foyer or a connected Foyer for 10 years or more. In your nomination please include:

  • The name and role of your Foyer Legend, and when they started working at the Foyer
  • What roles have they held during their time there?
  • Why are they a Legend at your Foyer? Please give examples of how they have helped the Foyer develop, change with the times and continually champion young people

This award can be nominated by either a fellow staff member OR a young person.


Best Partnership Award

Has your Foyer created a partnership with an external organisation or provider which has led to particularly positive outcomes for young people? This award will highlight innovative partnerships and celebrate collaboration.

When nominating for this award, please include the following details:

  • Your Foyer name and the name of the partner involved
  • How long the partnership has been running
  • What activities take place or what is offered to young people
  • The outcomes of the partnership

Innovation Award

Have you created an innovative building? Or do you deliver a programme or project that is particularly innovative for our sector? When nominating your Foyer for this award, please include:

  • When the place or programme/project was created
  • How it is used by your residents, and if also used by the wider community

Foyer of the Year Award

The Foyer of the Year award will go to the Foyer who can best demonstrate how their overall service takes a deeply Advantaged Thinking Approach to their work with young people.

To be nominated for this award, the Foyer must:

  • Be a member of the Foyer Federation network for 2018/19
  • Provide concrete examples of asset-based practice
  • Describe its offer and ‘something-for-something deal’ to residents
  • Provide examples of its focus on learning and work
  • Show commitment to the principles of a balanced community

Submitting your entry

Entries should be submitted through the Spark Awards 2018 online submission form. Please ensure you read the information on the last page of the Google Form regarding permissions and consent for name/image use.


Make sure your entry is sufficiently detailed and not too vague.

Be sure to include supporting information that clearly links to the award.

Make sure to complete every section of the form.


Is there a limit to how many entries I can submit?

You can submit entries in each category, and as a person nominating, you can nominate more than one nominee for each award. There is no limit.

Can I submit any additional information (photos/videos) separate to the Google Form?

All the information we need to accept a nomination can be submitted on the Google Form

What is the deadline for nominations?

The awards are open for entries from 20th June 2018 to midnight on 24th August 2018.

When will awards be given?

The awards will be presented at the Spark Awards Night on Thursday 4th October 2018 at Fazeley Events

191 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5SE


Awards 2017 overview

Awards 2017 Winners

Over a three course dinner, young people, staff and Foyers were recognised across 10 award categories. With over 100 delegates in attendance, there was a vibrant atmosphere and each winner was announced to thunderous applause, recognising the hard work and dedication each put into supporting young people.

The Foyer Federation’s CEO Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa said, “The Awards shone a spotlight on successes that might otherwise be overlooked. They were the perfect platform to showcase Foyer talent and the abundance of young and staff talent was phenomenal. There was a tremendous buzz in the room, with both the anticipation of who was going to win and the feel good factor when the winner was announced.