The Diana Award: Young people who inspire the lives of others.

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Abu’s story

My name is Abu Bakr Syddek, I’m 17 and I currently live in Sandwell. Having volunteered my time, expertise and skills for several years as a youth officer and chairman of the Smethwick Youth Forum at the Bangladeshi Islamic Centre I was nominated for the Diana Champion Volunteer Award and received the award in 2011.

When I had received the news that my nomination was successful I was absolutely thrilled and I had realised that my hard work and enthusiasm in the voluntary work that I had carried out had paid off. To celebrate my achievement the Bangladeshi Islamic Centre had organised a conference called ‘Building For A Better Future’ where I was awarded the certificate by Musleh Uddin (Founding member of the Bangladeshi Islamic Centre). This meant a lot to me as I have really worked hard over the years and hope to continue the work which I am currently doing.

I’m the kind of person who loves helping people and making the community I live in a better place. I aspire to make a difference in my community and hope to become a Councillor or an MP through the support of the people in my community.

Joshua’s Story

After a rocky first few years at his secondary school in Wolverhampton, Joshua proved that it’s never too later to turn your life around.

In Year 10 he was predicted to achieve an average points score of 408 at GCSE. A year later, he’d achieved an APS of 718 and was one of the most dedicated volunteers in his school.

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