If You Think You Can, You Can!

If You Think You Can, You Can!

This week my daughter, received an Achiever Award from the Jack Petchey Foundation.  Until three months ago I had never heard of the foundation and when I asked my daughter’s Guide Leader who was responsible for nominating her, she looked aghast and said simply “Google it!” Having now familiarised myself with the Foundation I feel somewhat ashamed that I had not heard of it before and feel compelled to add my voice to spreading the word further. So if young people feature in your life please read on.

The brainchild of Jack Petchey, an entrepreneur from East London, the Foundation was established 15 years ago and since then has invested a staggering £100 million in young people and organisations throughout London and Essex, with a wide range of grant-making, both small and large.  The range of programmes the Foundation invests in is exhaustive and includes a centre for entrepreneurship in East London and an Academy.

“If you think you can, you can” is the Foundation’s motto.  The intention is to instill self-belief into young people and to encourage them to go on to achieve their full potential.  Jack’s view is that nothing is out of reach and that by rewarding young people’s success and making them feel good about themselves they can go on to achieve great things.

The Guides are one of the many 1000’s of youth organisations who have benefited from the Foundation’s support and it was through her involvement with the Guides my daughter received her award.  So what are the Achievement Awards?  Well to receive one you first need to be nominated by a school or a youth organisation. The nominee is selected by their peers for doing something exceptional or outstanding.  In my daughter’s case she was selected by her fellow Guides for being a dedicated Patrol Group Leader, committed to helping and inspiring others by taking an active part in the Group.

Forgive me for blowing her trumpet, but sitting at the presentation ceremony and not only watching her receive her award from the local Mayor but listening to why her peers thought her worthy, made me swell with pride….along with all the other parents in the room.

As a parent I am always looking for new opportunities for my children to  be involved in things in our local community as well as at school.  I think it is healthy for them to mix with as many different people as possible and to be able to share in a range of experiences.

Girlguiding is something I feel passionately about.  I was one myself and loved every minute of it and so have always been keen for daughter to reap the rewards too.  Girlguiding enables the girls to come together safely to make friends and learn valuable life skills.  It gives girls confidence and last night I felt glad that she continues to go every week, regardless of how tired she is after school.  It has helped her to develop as a person and given her the chance to give something back.

The final word, however, goes to Sir Jack Petchey, knighted this week.  What a remarkable man.  The world needs more people like him.














  1. June 23, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    What a lovely award and I love the sentiment behind it. Must have been a proud Mummy moment. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

    • Jo
      June 23, 2016 / 11:01 pm

      Indeed it was. Thanks for commenting. #PicknMix

  2. June 22, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    I had never heard of the award, and I love the sound of it. It is so important for young people to get involved with extra curricular activities outside of the classroom, rather than being at home on social media, playing video games. It must have been an extremely proud moment for you to see your daughter win the award, a huge congratulations to her. Thanks so much for joining us this week at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Jo
      June 23, 2016 / 11:06 am

      Yes now I know about it I will be looking for it elsewhere. Thanks for your comments. #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. June 22, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Ah how lovely for your daughter – congratulations! I never went to the Girl Guides but can definitely see the huge merits of it. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

    • Jo
      June 23, 2016 / 11:05 am

      I am surprised…from reading your blog you sound like real Girl Guide material. Thanks for reading. #coolmumclub

  4. June 20, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Well done to your daughter and what a brilliant idea, you must be so proud 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • Jo
      June 21, 2016 / 2:03 pm

      Thanks Stevie.#picknmix

  5. June 18, 2016 / 12:19 am

    Well done indeed! I have to admit I had never heard of the Foundation before either but their motto is spot on. #loudnproud

    • Jo
      June 18, 2016 / 3:24 pm

      Yes I was surprised not to have heard of it particularly as it is well known amongst schools too and agree with you regarding the motto. #loudnproud

  6. June 17, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Wow, what a great foundation and well done to your daughter on her award, an amazing achievement.

    • Jo
      June 18, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks, she is really chuffed with it.

  7. June 17, 2016 / 8:00 am

    Awww congratulations to you and your daughter! Sounds like an amazing project and I am googling this foundation (I havent heard of it too before this) to know more about their vision =)


    • Jo
      June 17, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting. It is fantastic what they do which is why I was so surprised I hadn’t heard of it either. #sharewithme

  8. June 17, 2016 / 6:41 am

    Wow, what an incredible award! Congratulations to her – and to you for encouraging her! No wonder you’re proud.
    I wasn’t a Guide myself, but both my boys have gone through Scouting since Beavers – one is now an Explorer and the other a Scout and it’s been such a positive experience for them both. My daughter is joining Scouts in September too 🙂

    • Jo
      June 17, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      It’s great that the Scouts take girls now. You will probably come across the award too, as sure the Scouts will be involved. Such great organisations. #loudnproud

  9. June 16, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    You indeed can be very proud of her, well done! #SHAREWITHME

    • Jo
      June 16, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting. #sharewithme

  10. June 16, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    aww amazing!! congrats to your girl! this foundation sounds amazing! had never heard of it before 😉 #coolmumsclub

    • Jo
      June 16, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      Glad to know I wasn’t alone..maybe better PR is the answer..thanks for commenting. #coolmumclub

  11. June 16, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Oh what an honour to have received that award. I’m familiar with Jack Petchy scheme and what an amazing thing to have received – you have every right to be proud! #coolmumclub

    • Jo
      June 16, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      Thanks for commenting Helen. #coolmumclub

  12. June 16, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Wow huge congratulations to your daughter! What a fabulous award, you must be so proud of her! I love that motto, positive thinking! #coolmumclub

    • Jo
      June 16, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      The best motto’s are often the simplest aren’t they? Wish I had thought of it. #coolmumclub

  13. June 16, 2016 / 12:13 am

    Huge congratulations to your daughter and that is the best motto – I love it!

    Thanks for linking to #sharewithme

    • Jo
      June 16, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Maybe we can get it trending?!!. #sharewithme

  14. June 15, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Awww proud mummy moment indeed. #sharewithme

    • Jo
      June 15, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      It had to be done!! Thanks for commenting. #sharewithme

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