The responsibility of driving is as great as handling a gun. The carnage from bad driving wrecks families and communities.
If you are between 11 and 25 and want to save your generation's lives by campaigning for driver safety and collecting funds for Brake and our work supporting bereaved families, then you can enter our awards scheme.
The scheme gives annual awards to teams of young people (and any teachers/tutors involved) who run the best road safety campaigns and raise funds for Brake. Award winners attend a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament and, thanks to sponsorship, win items to help campaign further, such as video cameras. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find out about a recent award winner.
To enter, work in a group to campaign and collect for Brake (you must demonstrate you have done both):
1. Campaign to raise awareness of deaths on roads caused by dangerous drivers and the need for drivers to take more care and other road users to watch out. For example, create a road safety video on YouTube or a road safety poster, hold a photo call about road safety for the local media featuring a road safety banner, or run a road safety stand in a shopping centre where you carry out a driver safety quiz and give advice. Or have your own brilliant idea. We are looking for entries that address important issues, with clear life-saving messages and which target relevant audiences. Go to the bottom of this page for links to entries from previous award winners. To show Brake what you have done, simply put your campaign resources or activities online through facebook, a blog, Flickr or YouTube and send us the link in your online award application form (see below). No need to post us anything! For videos submitted by young people as part of previous award winning entries, go to our YouTube channel.
2. Collect funds for Brake's support services for bereaved and injured road crash victims, and have fun at the same time. For example, you could hold a Bright Day where everyone wears something crazily bright in return for a £1 donation to Brake. Or hold a karaoke night, or a sponsored danceathon. There are lots of ideas on the fundraising pages of the main Brake website and you will have great ideas too. (You must raise a minimum of £200). You can make donations to us online.
To enter is easy:
Step one: Tell us your campaign is underway by registering your interest and we will send you an e-action pack to help you plan your awards entry.
Step two: When you are ready to make your entry, complete this online entry form.
Deadline: Please note that the deadline for entries has been extended to Friday 14 June 2013.
The 2011-12 winners (pictured) came from City College Norwich, where a group of 2nd year students from the BTEC extended diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) and Technical Theatre courses created a piece of theatre in education about the consequences of driving under the influence of drugs. The show, named ‘Bad Trip’, was backed by Norfolk County Council who commissioned it to be performed to over 1,200 year 11 students at schools and colleges across the county. The show also was also a key part of Brake’s regional Road Safety Week launch in November 2011, and an extract of the performance was featured on the local news.
Six pupils at St Bede's Catholic School in Durham entered and won. They delivered road safety assemblies to year groups 7-11, and designed a set of three posters displayed throughout the school. They met with key decision makers, including their local MP, to raise awareness of the dangerous road outside their school. They participated in speed awareness events with Consett Police and delivered a road safety awareness presentation to parents. The group wrote and recorded 'Step Up and Slow Down' podcasts, which featured interviews with a local casualty reduction officer.The school raised £500 by holding a 'Bright Day' where pupils paid a small sum to come into school dressed in their brightest clothes. The pupils said: "We are really passionate about our campaign and hope this shows in the work we have done. To us, road safety is hugely important and getting the message to as many people as possible is crucial."