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2015-2016 Diana Award Nominations open 4 September

With nominations opening this Friday 4th September 2015, we are sharing stories on our social media pages of previous Award Holders and how receiving the Diana Award has affected their lives. At the Diana Award we are passionate that receiving the Award in Diana Princess of Wales’ name isn’t just a ‘one-time award’ – it is a gateway for more opportunities to get involved in social action as well as personal and career development to ensure Award Holders are empowered to reach their full potential. For our 15th Anniversary we collected Award Holder stories that were evidence to exactly that. Many of our Award Holders have gone on to become Diana Youth Mentors and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Some have even become Youth Trustees on the Diana Award Board of Trustees and one is running the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign!

Make sure to watch out for all of their stories on our Twitter and Facebook pages in the days leading up to nominations.

In addition to sharing Award Holder stories, we want to lend some insight to potential nominators who may be thinking of nominating a young person they know for the Diana Award. We did a Q&A with one of our amazing nominators Ian Smith who has nominated twenty six times to find out why he continues to celebrate young people by nominating them for the Diana Award and what it means to both him as a nominator and the Award Holders…

Ian Smith

Diana Award: Why do you think it’s important to celebrate young people?

Ian: In our society, so often our youth are surrounded by negative media perceptions of their generation and of the challenges faced by society at a local and global level.
Hearing positive stories of individual and group action to make a difference by Award Holders through to inspirational figures such as Malala Yousafzai, inspires our society to reach for its possibilities and greatness.

Diana Award: Why have you chosen to recognise your young people with the Diana Award?

Ian: I have always been personally inspired by Princess Diana’s personal qualities of compassion and selflessness. National validation for ordinary folk doing selfless work for purpose rocks!

Diana Award: What has it meant to your young people to receive the Diana Award?

Ian: Over the last six years, I have nominated fifty pupils as reward for their leadership of social action initiatives. Receiving the Award is an acknowledgement of their effort and inspires them to further, lifelong, voluntary work to make a difference and be the change in their communities.

Diana Award: What have the benefits been to your school?

Ian: As a school, we have been able to collaborate with the whole Diana Award team – the most incredible supporters of youth action in the UK. Visible acknowledgement through the Diana Award has inspired a generation of pupils, year on year, to initiate local projects and change their communities for the better. We have become part of a family of change-makers, confident to contribute to improving others’ lives.

Thank you to Ian for sharing your nominator story!

If you would like to read our whole 15th Anniversary book click here.

Follow us on Twitter Instagram and Facebook to keep update with what we’re doing and how you can get involved! #DianasLegacy

Surviving A-Level Results

If you are a student receiving your A-Level results tomorrow, we know you’ve heard it before (okay maybe you’ve heard it a lot) that there are lots of options no matter what results you receive.

The reason you hear this so much is because we know it to be true – whatever news you get tomorrow, everything will be okay. To support this and you, we always try to help by putting out a guide that explains your different options and share some resources (you can watch out for our guide tomorrow here).

This year, though, we wanted to dive a little deeper and give you a real life example of someone who has been through a tough A-Level experience and come out on the other side.

Emma Scott is currently the Mentoring and Training Manager at The Diana Award. She came to us with a magnitude of experience for someone her age (26) and an incredible passion for youth-driven social action. After finishing school at the University of Aberdeen, Emma interned with the United Nations (UN for those who speak abbreviations) where she was present for the Urgent Debate regarding the Syria Crisis in the Human Rights Council and was part of the working group of the UNCRC on behalf of the Legal Liaison office of the Director General. From there, she helped to organise the very first (and second) We Day in the UK, bringing 12,000 young people together to celebrate social action through Free The Children. As a part of Free The Children’s international development project, she took 30 young people from Canada to Asemkow, Ghana for a month to build a school in a rural community. Through her career Emma has met a number of inspirational people and personalities including Malala Yousafzai, HRH Prince Harry, Martine Wright, and Richard Branson. Did we mentioned she also has two masters’ degrees? Emma now runs The Diana Award Mentoring program which supports at risk young people and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on our team.

Now…. Would you believe us if we told you Emma failed two of her A-Levels when she was seventeen?

Believe it or not, it’s true. Emma shared with us that she was given conditional offers to universities in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen instead of acceptances because of her results and during her second attempts she managed to secure the grades to get into University. She went on to gain a 2:1 in her undergraduate, studying law, international relations and politics and then gaining MSc in Strategic Studies and LLM Human Rights Law both with Commendation!

Emma told us:

When I failed those two exams when I was seventeen I was devastated. I felt like all my friends had done better than me and that I would be left behind and not be able to achieve anything. But the feeling of failure also made me try so much harder in university exams to make sure I didn’t fail again. I honestly don’t think I would have had the university career that I did if it wasn’t for that feeling of disappointment during the school exams, as it is what drove me to achieve! Sometimes, you have to turn a negative feeling into a positive one, and that’s what got me through my second attempts and motivated me to achieve high grades to get me where I wanted.














So what’s the moral of the story? We know that tomorrow seems like a daunting day. Some of you may even feel like your entire life depends on your results. But hopefully, you are inspired by Emma’s story and can go to bed tonight knowing that whatever tomorrow brings, you’ve got tons of options; whether it be an apprenticeship, school leaver programme, college, the world of work, or university like Emma. There will always be hurdles along the way but one famous quote from Winston Churchill comes to mind: “success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”.

Don’t forget, you can always reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook!



Penguin Random House (PRH) has partnered with The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Campaign to launch a nationwide Kindness Day on Friday 12th June 2015 inspired by the internationally bestselling novel Wonder by R J Palacio.
PRH authors and The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have shown their support for Kindness Day including Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, BBC Presenter Helen Skelton, Kelly Hoppen MBE and singers Bars and Melody.
Bars and Melody comment: “As Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors we are very proud to be supporting Kindness Day on Friday 12th June. We believe that is it really important to promote kindness and that’s why we are encouraging all of our Bambinos to get involved in the social media campaign and download the resource pack to use in your school. One simple small act of kindness, can create a wave of happiness.”


Read the full story here here and get involved here here!

Global Gift Gala and the Diana Award












As you may know Eva Longoria – Hollywood actress and philanthropist – presented the Global Gift ‘Our Heroes Award’ 2015 to our Tessy Ojo on 17th November last year.

This high profile global award shone the spotlight on the Diana Award and will raise funds for our work with young people during our fifteenth anniversary year, culminating in a star-studded fundraising gala event in October 2015!

To watch the video of last year’s Global Gift Gala including the announcement of the Diana Award’s involvement with Global Gift click here!



New release: 9th April 2015

Soccer Six is the biggest celebrity football tournament in the world and this year it has partnered with The Diana Award – set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

The Diana Award empowers thousands of young people to tackle social issues that affect other young people using a peer-led approach. Through the Diana Network and their Anti-Bullying and Mentoring programmes, they engage, encourage and motivate young people. The Award programme honours young people for their immense contribution to society.

Soccer Six founder, Mark Abery, says;

“Soccer Six is proud to support such a worthwhile cause, thousands of young people attend our events each year and we aim to raise some well-deserved awareness and funds for the charity. We’re extremely excited about our new partnership and hope that together we can help create a positive change in young people’s lives.”

The Diana Award CEO, Tessy Ojo, says; ‘The Diana Award is passionate about motivating and empowering young people to make a difference in their communities across the UK. This partnership with Soccer Six enables us engage many more young people; particularly on our Antibullying Campaign, giving them the tools to recognise and say no to bullying wherever it happens. We, like Soccer Six, believe that young people are key in helping challenge the culture of bullying that destroys so many lives.’

A whole host of famous faces will descend on the stadiums of Burnley FC and Charlton Athletic FC to battle it out on the pitch to see who will be this year’s Soccer Six Champions. Soccer Six showcases some of the best talent from the worlds of music, sport, TV and film that the UK has to offer and already confirmed to play at this year’s events are Rudimental, Joey Essex, The Vaccines, Bars & Melody, Ray Quinn and many more fan-favourite celebs…

Soccer Six gives lucky fans the chance to meet their idols. The day is rounded off with a handful of the players taking to the Soccer Six: LIVE stage to perform a gig for the VIP ticket holders.

Date: Sunday 19th April 2015 – Doors From: 12pm – Venue: Hartsdown Park, Hartsdown Road, Margate, CT9 5QZ

Date: Sunday 17th May 2015 – Doors From: 11am – Venue: Turf Moor Stadium, Burnley, Lancashire BB10 4BX

Date: Sunday 31st May 2015 – Doors From: 11am – Venue: The Valley Stadium, Charlton, London SE7 8BL

Tickets start from £10.

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