Our youth festivals ‘Inspire Day’ travel across the UK to inspire a young people, just like you, to reach their full potential through creative and skills based workshops. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a choice of workshops from a wide range on offer – from dance and art to CV writing and presentation skills.
Throughout Inspire Day you’ll listen to inspirational speakers, be set ‘make change’ challenges, take part in our debate, and watch amazing performances! Inspire Days are tailored towards 14 – 18 year olds.
We’re delighted that Inspire Days have gained support from the celebrity supporters, Greater London Authority and government Ministers.
Our 2015 Inspire Days dates are:
19th March – Northern Ireland Inspire Day (provisional booking)
27th March – Manchester Inspire Day
24th April – Birmingham Inspire Day
25th June – Bristol Inspire Day
10th October – London Inspire Day
Nov / December (Date TBC) – Scotland Inspire Day
If you’re a youth worker, teacher or young person please get in touch with programme manager, Katie on Katie.email@example.com or by calling the team on: 02076287499. Read our last London Inspire Day blog!
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme offers fun, informative and interactive training to young people, staff, and parents to help them tackle bullying in their schools and communities. Our practical ideas, information and top tips leave staff, young people and parents feeling confident, motivated and inspired to stamp out bullying.
We work in partnership with the Department for Education and to date have trained 6,000 young people from across the United Kingdom to be Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
To find more about our training events and how you can book on please visit the website which is dedicated to the Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme: www.antibullyingpro.com
If you have any queries, or for more information, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 628 7499 ext:204.
@antibullyingpro, https://www.facebook.com/AntiBullyingPro, http://www.youtube.com/user/antibullyingpro
Feedback from training/programme:
‘I am convinced that our improved attendance now 95.3% and fall in exclusions is a direct result of our engagement with The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Programme. Having Anti-Bullying Ambassadors trained by you has changed lives, attitudes and I would go as far to say the whole culture of our school’.
Julia R Turner, Head teacher, Churnet View Middle School, Leek, Staffordshire
‘I wanted to say a very big thank you for yesterday. It is one of the most useful days I have spent with students for a long time and I think the work that you are doing is fantastic’.
Feedback on training by Serena Evans, Assistant Head teacher, Coombeshead Academy, Devon
As part of this year’s Takeover Day I worked alongside Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport.
Sitting on the Transport for London youth panel my enthusiasm to work in the transport industry flourished. We act as representatives amongst young Londoners and aim to work on their behalf on solving transports issues that affect their everyday life. Hosting youth events and promoting campaigns such as Teen Road Safety is just some of the tasks I have been involved in so far.
Through the panel I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to be involved in takeover day and spent the day getting an insight into the workings of the Department for Transport. It’s not often young people are involved in this kind of ‘adult’ business in this way. Being an 18 year old sixth former, the idea of having the chance to travel into the hustle and bustle of the city against a Monday morning dosage of algebra was definitely an experience I was not going to turn down!
The day begun with shadowing Baroness Kramer in meetings regarding current affairs and future projects within the Department for Transport. I was treated to a lovely lunch which was a highlight in its own right! But more importantly I was able to voice my opinions from a young person’s perspective regarding safety for women using transport, an issues later raised in Parliament. In the afternoon I had a guided tour of Parliament, including areas where the public aren’t usually allowed, and the day ended with sitting in Parliament’s gallery listening to a live debate.
Overall, I would like to thank all those who made this day possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to ditch the school uniform and head out to work. I believe that ‘Takeover Day’ is becoming an everyday phenomenon; so there really has never been a better time to be young!
150 young people had been successfully nominated for the Diana Award as part of our special campaign in Yorkshire and Humberside and the next day were joining us to receive the Awards at our star-studded Award Ceremony at Leeds United Football Club.
That evening the Diana Award team met up with Diana Mentoring Programme Ambassadors, Rough Copy and went for a pre-event dinner – a proper curry in Bradford hosted by Talk Direct; our fantastic sponsors of the Celebrate Young Heroes Campaign.
On the 9th December it was the big day. Award Holders Ashley and Abbie kicked off the show introducing the event’s opening speeches from our CEO Tessy Ojo, Founder and Managing Director of Talk Direct, Zak Patel, and Diana Award Ambassador, Kate Hardcastle! Their speeches focused on the importance of young people’s contribution in society, each sharing their story of how they reached for their dreams, taken grasp of opportunities and were now dedicated to helping others reach their full potential.
We then presented our first two categories of award – the Diana Champion Volunteer presented by Kate Hardcastle and Diana Award supporter Flora Mascolo and the Diana Active Campaigner presented by Zak Patel and Gabz; star of Britain’s Got Talent! Gabz then gave the first performance of the show including her hit song ‘Lighters’. Of course our guests didn’t use lighters but showed their support with the audience holding up their phones!
Then it was time to give our newest Award Holders their first taste of Inspire Day with our ‘The Blocks of Change’ activity; all our guests worked together to discuss what they thought made a good role model and then wrote on blackboard blocks what they thought the most important characteristics were. We had everything from dedication, caring, compassion and vision to bravery, supportive and inspirational.
After serving our guests a cup of tea and a mince pie the second half of the Award Ceremony was kicked off with a surprise message from our supporters the Kaiser Chiefs who were sorry that they couldn’t make it but sent a lovely message of congratulations to our Award Holders which you can watch below!
We then moved on to the Diana Champion Fundraiser Award presented by Tessy Ojo and Ian Royce or ‘Roycey’; TV stand-up comedian and warm up act for X Factor who gave an inspiring and motivating speech to our Award Holders.
Next to the stage were our Ambassadors and stars from the X Factor Rough Copy who spoke about their passion for the Mentoring Programme and the importance of role models in life and who then went on to present the Diana Anti-bullying Champion award.
Partner organisation Free The Children then delivered our second Inspire Day activity – getting all of the guests (adults and young people!) involved in making colorful friendship bracelets. You can find out more about our partners here.
Just before the next part of the event another surprise message came in from Alexandra Burke – winner of the fifth series of the X Factor who wished she could make it to the day but gave a big congratulations to the new Award Holders!
We were delighted that local lad and star from this season’s the X Factor – Jack Walton joined us on the day! Jack captivated the audience; singing his most popular songs before going on to co-present the Diana Courageous Citizen Category with fellow Yorkshire and Humberside hero – Sarah Stevenson MBE; Team GB Taekwondo and 2011 World Champion.
Sarah gave an inspiring speech about overcoming adversity – she shared her experiences overcoming the loss of both of her parents and going into competition with recent injuries. Sarah was then followed by Diana Active Campaigner Belinda Fumai who spoke about her journey with the Diana Award Network Programme and what her Award means to her.
It was time to close the show and the amazing Rough Copy boys hit the stage! Three of their songs including a new release was the perfect way to end the day!
We were so proud of all of our Award Holders and the feedback from the day was fantastic!
The next part of our Celebrate Young Heroes Campaign is our Inspire Day on the 30th April 2015. If you would like more information please feel free to contact me on email@example.com
Look forward to telling you more about our campaign,
Dan, Project Officer]]>
Tamara Mulley, past pupil at Surbiton High School (left in 2014 to read Politics and Leeds University)
Following nomination, I received the Diana Award for Active Campaigning and Fundraising with the global charity Free the Children. I was so proud of this validation of youth action received in January 2013 and I am passionate to continue to work to inspire volunteering and social justice within my local community and on the global stage.
Surbiton High School has inspired me to become a social entrepreneur to make a difference and step up to inspire my own generation to use their talent and resources to improve our world community. I was very fortunate to receive the Virgin Scholarship to visit Kenya back in 2011, which inspired me to campaign for the rights of women and children to receive better education and health services. Working closely with our Vice Principal, Ian Smith, and the UK Patron of Free the Children, Holly Branson, I was empowered to present in Parliament and help to bring We Day to Wembley Arena on 7th March 2013. It was my privilege to speak alongside Free the Children founder Marc Keilburger at the breakfast launch and describe our work to empower youth to be the change locally and globally.
While in the Sixth Form, I established our school’s Council21 of lead ambassadors coordinating over 300 pupils actively involved in projects with twenty one charities and raising over £100K over the last two years. We have won the best overall UK social enterprise company organised by Young Enterprise and have begun to build a school for girls in Bellavista, Ecuador. Helping to lead a Diana Award Inspire Day was my personal highlight last year and I hope to share and collaborate to challenge inequality and unfairness with like-minded changemakers in the coming years.
I studied International Baccalaureate in the UK through the support of an East Sussex based charity called Pestalozzi. Currently I am doing my undergraduate studies at New York University’s campus in Abu Dhabi.
I was involved in number of projects in order to give back to the community. While I believe that the definition of democracy and human rights should not be limited to the models currently working in a few developed countries, I dream of a world where every single human is entitled to their fundamental rights.
I initiated and conduced signature petitions to raise awareness regarding the Human Rights Violation in Tibet and trafficking of children and women in India.
I strongly believe that education is one of the most fundamental rights of any child. As the Treasurer of the Rotaract Club, I worked together with other members of the Club to sponsor the education of six Nepali children whose parents are in prisons, as most of those children have no access to education in Nepal.
Similarly, I worked with other friends at Pestalozzi Village to fundraise and establish a small library in a very remote village of Nepal, which is a walking distance of more than a day from the nearest bus stop.
In all of the work I have done to help others I have worked closely with my friends and colleagues and there has not been a single project where their contribution has not been as valuable as mine.
I am hugely proud of all that I have accomplished with their support.]]>
Hello, I’m Ellie. I’m 16 and I was awarded the Diana Anti-bullying Champion Award in 2010. It was for my work with Changing Faces, the organisations that supports young people living with a facial disfigurement and works to tackle appearance-based discrimination.
My Award opened the door to Diana Network Programme, which has got me involved in the Young Reporters scheme, the Progress+ mentoring programme and the Anti-bullying Ambassadors Youth Board, and as well as other workshops and training opportunities.
I’ve also done work experience at the Diana Award and MC’d at the National Diana Award Ceremonies. It was a really special thing to speak to new Award holders, and to tell them how getting involved with the Diana Network Programme provides you with amazing opportunities to become involved in your community and achieve your goals.
Over the past four years, I have become even more passionate about changing our society for the better. The fantastic thing about the Diana Network is that it has given me the confidence and the skills necessary to develop that passion into action – it’s about empowering young people to improve our society, and that’s an incredibly important thing to do.]]>
My name is Bright I’m 15 and I’m a student at Woolwich Polytechnic in South East London. I’m from a single parent family and am the sole carer for my younger siblings while my mum goes to work. In the past this has resulted in me underperforming at school.
I signed up to the Diana Training & Mentoring Programme and, since November 2013, I’ve exceeded the targets set for me by my school. My mentor has guided me in all sorts of ways, giving me ideas about how to stay focused in areas of school that I was struggling with.
I always wanted to be a professional football player and just recently Blackpool Football Club’s under-16’s side has taken me on. I wouldn’t have gained the confidence to even go to the trials if I hadn’t been involved in the Mentoring Programme. It’s raised my aspirations and helped me to realise this dream.
In my teacher’s words: ‘Bright’s is a totally changed man and now believes he can achieve whatever he sets his heart on. His entire attitude to work has changed and he has a new-found confidence and aspires for more, for himself and his sisters’.]]>
Making a career of improving lives
Hi, I’m Callie. I’m 17 and have been an Anti-Bullying Ambassador since July 2012. I was trained by the Diana Award Team at my former school, Springwell Community College. They made me realise that bullying wasn’t easy to get over and that it could even lead to people taking their own lives.
In November 2012 my school was asked by Channel 5 to help Carlton Community College in Barnsley, which was badly troubled by bullying and was likely to close because of it. We teamed up with the Diana Award and Jodie Marsh to do assemblies and workshops with the pupils, making them aware of the effects of bullying and training some of them up as Ambassadors. Our work was filmed for a documentary, Jodie Marsh: Bullied, and the school has now been given an award for its efforts to combat bullying.
In September 2013 I became a member of the Anti-Bullying Pro Youth Board, which gave me the most amazing opportunities and experiences. I moved to a new school to start sixth form and realised it didn’t have any systems in place to prevent bullying. So I created a team and they were trained as Ambassadors. In the first few months of the new initiative, bullying dropped by 31% and numbers are still continuing to decline. We’ve won competitions and have had appearances on local television, radio and newspapers.
Since becoming an Ambassador my confidence has grown enormously and I am now happy to talk in front of large groups. Getting involved has made me want to have a future career in this work – making people’s lives better gives me a great feeling and I can’t imagine doing any other job. I’m taking the first steps to do this by hopefully attending Goldsmith’s University next year to study a Youth and Community course. Receiving my Diana Award in July this year gave me a huge amount of pride and I have a lot to thank this scheme for. It has made me the person I am today – so Happy Birthday Diana Award, and thank you for everything.
Helping others to speak out
My name is Tyreese I am 12 years old. I have been an Anti-bullying Ambassador for two years now. I wanted to get involved as I saw the pain my family suffered pain when my cousin Nathan committed suicide after being badly bullied.
My school is very proud of me because, in Year 7, I helped get the Diana Award involved in my school. I go to an all-boys school, so there is a lot of pressure to be a certain way. Sometimes it’s very hard to speak out.
I have worked hard to raise awareness of bullying, and have taken part in many events as an Anti-Bullying Ambassador. Last year I was a Youth Board member and we got together to discuss fresh ideas that Ambassadors could use to tackle bullying even more effectively.
Since I became involved in the programme, I’ve met Prince William and performed an anti-bullying rap for him, which appeared on BBC news! I got my school involved with the Diana Anti-Bullying Programme and I even visited Facebook HQ with the Award. Most importantly I have helped many individuals speak out.
Being involved in the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme has given me the confidence to speak in front of big crowds. Now I am not afraid to stand up for myself or for others at my school, or on the street where I live and play. I am more motivated and feel I can achieve anything want in life – I love helping people and seeing their face light up! The Diana Award is amazing and I want to be involved with it for the rest of my life.