Mentors have a significant role to play in shaping the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable. Anyone can give back as a mentor regardless of age, industry or demographic.

Monday 26 February: The Diana Award kicks-off their Mentoring Campaign in Leeds, Bradford and York to recruit 1,000 mentors across England to sign-up to work with young people in their community from April 2018. Businesses that have signed up so far include: Lloyds, Sky, Network Rail, Sentio and Mint HR.

Actress and writer Gaynor Faye is one of many supporters of the campaign in Leeds, Bradford and York.

Gaynor said:

“When I was introduced to my mentor I was 21 and to all intents and purposes should have been one of the happiest girls alive – on the surface I had everything, but I lacked self esteem and suffered with depression.  My mentor helped me to realise that anything is possible if we really want it.  I try and adopt the same heart as my mentor by supporting and inspiring as many young people as I can.”

For the month of February, The Diana Award is calling out to members of the public to give back through their mentoring programme to help support disengaged young people within their local community.  The push for mentors comes on the back of recent report on Educating the North from The Northern Powerhouse Network which recommends that every business commits to mentoring.

The Diana Award is calling out to individuals or teams of adults from the world of work to mentor young people in years 8, 9 and 10 in a local secondary school. Mentors give young people an insight into the world of work, career skills training and support them to deliver a social action project in their community. In return the programme brings a number of benefits for the businesses involved.

Ellie Cooper, Head of The Diana Award’s Mentoring Programme says:

“Our campaign highlights the significant role of mentoring as a key contributor for social mobility in the lives of hard to reach people.  Anyone can give back as a mentor regardless of age or demographic.  We want to reach out and encourage mentors in the Leeds, Bradford and York and the surrounding areas to step forward.”

Prince Harry revealed the impact his mentor had on him when he met with youth mentors who were being trained by The Diana Award.  He talked of how his Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst guided him and helped him to look forward.

The Diana Award was set up in memory of The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Our mission is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people.

Interested to get involved in the Mentoring Programme?