The Diana Network
Be Inspired and Inspire Others
Young people are at the heart of the Diana Network. We know it’s their right as active young citizens to play a role in society and in shaping our future. The Diana Network provides bite-sized opportunities for young people to get involved as and when they can.
All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Affairs was established in 1998 to raise the profile of issues that affect and concern young people, encourage dialogue between parliamentarians, young people and youth services, and encourage a co-ordinated and coherent approach to youth policy making. The group currently has around 100 members, drawn from both Houses of Parliament. The Diana Award enables young people to attend these discussions to broaden their understanding of youth policies.
As a small organisation the Diana Award are proud to offer #GiveBackTuesdays where each week volunteers are welcomed into the Diana Award office to help the team. Our events are run by young people for young people and we’re always on the look-out for youth volunteers to help these events run smoothly.
The Digital Edge Youth Board in partnership with Nominet Trust
The Diana Award are excited to be hosting the Digital Edge Youth Board in partnership with Nominet Trust. The Digital Edge is a £2 million investment programme by Nominet Trust to fund new ideas for using digital technology to improve young people’s economic and social participation. The Digital Edge Youth Board Members help to select which applications should receive funding.
‘Progress+’ Community and Career Mentoring
We recognise that young people may need a helping hand to develop their career goals or community projects. Progress+ breaks down the barriers of youth unemployment by helping young people develop social enterprises with support and guidance from a Progress+ Mentor.
The Diana Award gives young people an insight into different careers, whether this be through professional speeches, career events or work experience.
If you are a Diana Award Holder and want to be a part of this growing community then join in our Training and Mentoring Programme or ask your school to join the Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme. If you’re a individual young person then you can join us via Facebook for all of our latest Diana Network opportunities!
If you would like to offer your time and/or expertise to support young people in the Diana Network please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diana Award are looking to establish links to businesses and organisations who can support our ‘Insight Into…’ career days in August 2013.
Young people are at the heart of the Diana Award and as such we are proud to announce our two Diana Award Holder Trustees, Alex Farrow and Binda Bhudia-Patel.
In March 2013 we will be launching a Mentoring Scheme to support Diana Award Holders with their community projects and to help disadvantaged young people reach their full potential. We’re particularly interested in signing up our first Mentors, so if you like to give back to other young people then this is the perfect opportunity for you! If you would like to be one of the first people involved with this exciting programme please complete the short registration form.
What is the role of a Mentor?
A mentor will start to build a relationship with their mentee by:
• Taking time to get to know each other.
• Listening to and discussing anything that is worrying them.
• Valuing their opinions and beliefs.
• Talking about any relevant experiences and any problems they have overcome, if appropriate.
• Encouraging them to talk and think about their ambitions or hopes for the future and planning the steps needed to achieve these together.
The benefits include:
• Develop new skills e.g. in communication and listening
• Improve job prospects and employability
• Build confidence
• Gain insight into issues facing people in other communities
• Feel a sense of achievement from helping someone to improve their quality of life
• Participate in a new experience that is richly rewarding as you make a difference to young people’s lives
Once you complete the registration form – we’ll send you more information about what it means to be a Mentor and what is expected of both Mentors and Mentees. Please note you will be expected to undertake this role until the end of December 2013.
To gain an insight into the programme we recommend that you read the below document:
To apply simply click here.
For any queries about the programme please contact email@example.com
We are pleased to announce that we are on the search for a new Young Trustee. Applicants will need to be Diana Award Holders aged between 18 – 25.
We caught up with our previous Young Trustee Zishaan Salam to find out more about his experience of sitting on the Trustee Board.
“I am Zishaan and I received the Diana Anti-Bullying Champion Award in 2007. Having noticed a few issues around bullying in local schools I wanted to raise awareness of them. I put together a show incorporating dance, drama, music and poetry to convey 3 messages to school management teams. After receiving the award I wanted to know more about the charity and got in touch, I subsequently held 2 roles, one being Chairman of the Young Anti-Bullying Alliance and the other being Chairman of the Youth Advisory Board.
When an opportunity came up to become a Trustee I instantly applied. I wanted to ensure that the charity was youth led at all levels and I felt it was important to represent the views of other Award Holders. I had a fantastic 2 years as a Trustee, making valuable contributions that were listened to from the very first meeting I attended and this was possible because of a number of reasons. There is a buddy system whereby an ex Young Trustee attended the first few meetings with me to help me get settled in and the Diana Award also sent me on a number of training programs that ensured I understood my role and could make an impact straight away.
The experience taught me how a charity is managed, the process of how decisions are made and the ability to develop a strategy. There is also an opportunity to sit on sub-committees which can allow you to focus and become an expert in a specific field. The board of Trustees have a vast range of business experience in a variety of sectors and the exposure to this at a young age allowed me to learn a lot throughout my time as a Trustee; opportunities that one cannot otherwise access. I enjoyed putting forward the views of Award Holders and also learning about a wide range of disciplines that I otherwise had little exposure to. Helping the charity to grow and develop was immensely enjoyable as was the exposure to the ‘other’ side of the charity.”
You will be expected to:
• Actively participate as a member of the Trustee Board and ensure the Board fulfills its responsibilities to The Diana Award.
• Provide support to the Executive Director and other relevant Diana Award staff in your area of knowledge.
• Act as an ambassador for The Diana Award, be committed to the other Award Holders, and assist in building up a network of relationships to
secure the organisation’s future.
• Have an interest in young people, and recognise that their views and full participation is vital for society.
• Be dedicated to the vision and values of The Diana Award.
People become trustees for many different reasons, but some of the benefits of being a charity trustee are listed below:
• Exercise skills in a different context, or maintain skills no longer used
• Give something back to the community.
• Gain experience of management and develop new skills.
• Gain experience in the charity sector.
• Make a direct contribution to the work of your preferred charity.
For more information please read the Trustee Information Pack
To apply please download this form Young Trustee Application Form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for applications has been extended to 4pm on Monday 4th March!