rssAward Holders by region: SOUTH WEST
Zish, aged 23 from Weston Super Mare, talks about receiving his Diana Award.
“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.”