INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG SCOTS RECEIVE AWARD IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA AS THE DIANA AWARD COMMITS TO ‘YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE 2018’

Edinburgh ceremony sees crime writer Ian Rankin and Deputy Lord Provost present seventeen inspirational young Scots with The Diana Award.

The Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: 29 November 2017: (10.30-12noon): 17 inspirational young people from Scotland will be presented with a Diana Award in memory of Princess Diana in the year that marks the 20th anniversary of her untimely passing. The young people receiving the award have been recognised by members of their local communities for selflessly creating and maintaining positive social change. *Roll of honour at end of release.

The Diana Award will be presented to the recipients by author Ian Rankin and Deputy Lord Provost Joan Griffiths. These exceptional young people embody Princess Diana’s qualities of kindness, compassion and service. Today the Diana Award has the support of both her sons the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The Diana award was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. It is committed to fostering, inspiring and developing positive change in the lives of young people through practical social action.

Diana Award Holders change the lives of others; they are humanitarians, volunteers, fundraisers, campaigners, carers, and mentors.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award, says;

“We are proud of the incredible achievements of these young people in Scotland. As we approach the year of the ‘Year of Young People 2018’ we are today making a commitment to offer every secondary school in Scotland our peer-led Anti-Bullying Ambassadors training programme. At The Diana Award we understand that valuing young people also means investing in them so we are delighted to be making this commitment in Scotland today.”

As well as being celebrated with a prestigious Diana Award, young people attending INSPIRE Scotland will receive specialised training in campaigning and community action to kick start a year long social action initiative, with their peers, to tackle social issues, make a positive change and contribute to a brighter future for themselves and others.

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For case studies, interviews or attendance, please contact Emma Pelling: 07958 558172, emma@pellingpr.co.uk www.diana-award.org.uk

Media spokespeople:

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award. Tessy is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for fostering positive change in the lives of young people and the impact it has on communities around them. At the heart of her work is the belief that with the right support and investment, young people are the best instigators for achieving real, sustainable change in their lives, their communities and the lives of their peers.

About The Diana Award

The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power the change the world. Our programmes which range from anti-bullying, mentoring and an awards scheme aim to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people.

About the ‘Award’

The Diana ‘Award’ is the longest running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special: young people do not work towards our award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without expectation of reward. We believe this makes The Diana Award unique and the reason why young people form a deep connection to the award.

The Diana Award runs the leading Anti-Bullying Campaign in the UK and Ireland giving young people, professionals and parents the skills, confidence and training to tackle all forms of bullying as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

The Diana Award Mentoring programme aims to instill active citizenship through youth-led social action and volunteering, improve post-secondary work readiness through careers and employability training and develop character and ‘mental toughness’.

Roll of Honour 

MOHAMMED AL-HUSARI
HOLYROOD SECONDARY SCHOOL AGE 18_GLASGOW
Devoted to improving the lives of refugees in Scotland, Mohammed dedicates his spare time to Wipe The Tears; a charity that provides vital support to refugees at his local mosque. He actively inspires others in his community to support the cause and encourages young refugees not to lose hope, despite having been forced to flee their homeland. An active campaigner for the rights of the Syrian people, Mohammed spoke at the December protest at the Donald Dewar statue, and consequently to MSP Anas Sarwar. He also uses social media as a platform to raise awareness of the plight of refugees in Syria.

AMY BRYAN

GIRL GUIDING UK
 AGE 17_GLASGOW
Recognising how valuable her involvement with Girl Guiding has been to her own personal development, Amy volunteers every week at her local Brownie Unit. She has been an outstanding role model to many of the Brownies who have thrived under her mentoring and she has achieved the Girl Guiding Young Leader Award. As a prefect at school she is involved in peer mentoring and antibullying activities, as well as volunteering with the Silver Surfers helping the older generation to access technology.

KAROLINA FLORJANCZYK
HOLYROOD SECONDARY SCHOOL AGE 17_GLASGOW
Karolina is a selfless young person who is passionate about animal welfare and supporting those less fortunate than herself. She volunteers for PDSA; a charity devoted to providing free pet treatment for low income families, where she supports elderly volunteers and trains new recruits. She regularly goes above and beyond the expected; volunteering past her hours, attending the charity’s events and inspiring others to volunteer for the cause. Karolina is a dedicated member of the mentoring and violence prevention programme at her school, advising and supporting vulnerable lower school pupils.

ROBBIE CALDWELL

ACTION FOR CHILDREN 
AGE 15_ MOTHERWELL
Living in one of the most deprived areas of Motherwell, Robbie is a young carer for his 12 year old brother Ben, who has Downs Syndrome. Providing practical and emotional support for his brother and mum, he has shown maturity beyond his years whilst balancing all of his responsibilities. Keen to share his own experience, Robbie is always on hand to support other young carers through Action For Children’s North Lanarkshire Young Carers Project.

CAMERON CLARK

LOURDES SECONDARY SCHOOL AGE 16_GLASGOW
Cameron provides invaluable support to the mental and physical wellbeing of young people with additional needs by encouraging and enabling their participation in sport. He volunteers every week in the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) department in his school, helping young people to enjoy a range of sports and activities. The young people who used the ALN department’s service last year are now happily integrated into mainstream PE classes due to the confidence and skills gained through working with Cameron.

BRANDON DONNELLY
PEEK
 AGE 16_GLASGOW
Brandon is an inspirational volunteer who devotes his time after school and during school holidays to bring free play and sports to hundreds of young people living in deprived areas of Glasgow. He encourages young people to engage in constructive recreational activities and challenge negative behaviour. He has consequently established himself as a young leader in his community. Brandon has inspired his peers to volunteer alongside him and acts as a positive role model to young people at risk of exclusion from society, demonstrating to them that there is another route to take in life.

JONATHAN DOUGLAS
DOUGLAS ACADEMY AGE 17_MILNGAVIE
An active volunteer and campaigner dedicated to helping others, Jonathan balances his time between three causes at school; the Rights Respecting group, which promotes children’s right to education, the Eco group, who work to protect the environment and tackle issues such as hunger and sanitation, and the Fairtrade group, aimed at raising awareness about the benefits of Fairtrade products. Jonathan has become an inspirational young leader and a role model at school whose actions have mobilised his peers into tackling these issues alongside him.

CHRISTOPHER DUNCAN

NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY
 AGE 17_MOTHERWELL
A passionate advocate for autism awareness, Christopher is devoted to volunteering for The National Autistic Society. Through day visits and weekend trips he helps provide respite for parents, whilst helping the young people develop invaluable life skills and self-confidence, whilst giving them the opportunity to socialise with others. Recently nominated as House Captain at school, his natural ability to care, lead and manage has made a significant impact on the lives of the young people he supports.

EMMA EWART

14TH MOTHERWELL GUIDE UNIT 
AGE 17_MOTHERWELL
Emma selflessly dedicates her time to volunteer every week as a leader for the 14th Motherwell Guide Unit, and her commitment has seen her go on to lead residential visits and large events such as the Tartan Gig. She is also an active fundraiser, completing a 6km run and climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for Macmillan and St Andrews Hospice. A positive role model within her school, Emma is an invaluable support to her peers.

LIAM HARVEY

ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION AGE 13_BARRA
Inspired by his late Grandfather who taught him the vital role the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) plays in keeping the community safe, Liam has, to date, raised over £4000 which has helped the Barra RNLI purchase crucial lifesaving equipment. Fuelled by his strong sense of justice and determination to help others from the age of 7, Liam has overcome his own personal adversity and gone on to become a confident and professional organiser of an annual fundraising event that has captured the hearts of the Barra community.

EMMA MAHON

EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE ACTIVE SCHOOLS AGE 16_BEARSDEN
A humble volunteer and campaigner for youth social action and an advocate for women’s sport, this national representative for the Young People’s Sport Panel has much to celebrate. Emma’s innovative approach to encouraging participation in sport has included running national social media campaigns with the hashtag #unstoppablegirl. Her role in shaping the future of Sport in Scotland, particularly for girls, has enabled her school to gain the Gold School Sports Award twice and they are now part of the team planning the Year of Young People 2018.

MELISSA RODGER

BRAIDHURST HIGH SCHOOL
 AGE 15_MOTHERWELL
Melissa is passionate about bringing gender diversity into the world of engineering, actively taking a lead role in encouraging her female peers to take an interest in the subject. Through her love of science, Melissa has devoted her lunchtimes and evenings to lead a robotics club for younger, more vulnerable pupils within her school, creating a fun and welcoming learning environment. Her physics sessions are now so popular that there is a waiting list of pupils who want to join.

LOGAN ROWE

BEATSON CANCER CHARITY
 AGE 16_GLASGOW
Taking on a skydive just one day after his 16th Birthday, Logan’s daring character has enabled him to raise over £14, 000 for Scottish cancer charities to date. In memory of his Grandmother, he took part in ‘Brave the Shave’ for Macmillan as well as raising £10,000 for The Beatson Cancer charity. Overcoming his own personal challenges, Logan is a role model to those around him and his dedication to fighting the battle against cancer is inspirational.

IONA SMITH

LENZIE ACADEMY 
AGE 16_GLASGOW

Iona is passionate about promoting young people’s participation in sport and is a member of her school’s Young Ambassador Programme and an Active Schools Champion giving her own time to mentor young people and support sports activities and events. Whilst Iona’s main love is sport she is also passionate about human rights and is one of the founding leaders of her school’s Rights Respecting Group, whose vision is to promote equal rights amongst young people, and she is also a Year of Young People Ambassador.

THE TENNIS ACES

BISHOP BRIGGS ACADEMY
 AGE 16_KIRKINTILLOCH

The Tennis Aces work tirelessly to support children and young adults in their community who have physical and learning disabilities. Recognising a gap in support at their local Tennis Club, this group selflessly reached out in order to offer their assistance. Through their volunteering, the Tennis Aces have invested time and energy into building strong relationships and trust with the young people and adults who attend the club, allowing their confidence and social skills to flourish.

AT YOUR SIDE AND PAIRED READING VOLUNTEERS

CASTLEHEAD HIGH SCHOOL
 AGE 13-14_PAISLEY

This small group of passionate volunteers have made a huge impact on the lives of their peers through their school’s antibullying and paired reading groups. They promote and fundraise for Paired Reading club as well as recruit and train volunteers for the scheme. The group also act as trusted mentors to vulnerable young people with the programme At Your Side. Through the group’s dedication they have eased the transition period for new Year Seven pupils and increased a number of pupils’ reading ages by more than two years.

KEVIN MURPHY AND PETER MICHAEL

PARK SCHOOL
 AGE 15_KILMARNOCK

Kevin and Peter really characterise the mark of true friendship, the ability to see beyond the surface to get to know the person inside. With varying speech and mobility difficulties, both Peter and Kevin place the needs of each other before their own. Peter has become a friend, mentor, carer and advocate to Kevin, enabling his personality to grow and flourish. By ensuring that Kevin is included in every aspect of school, Peter and Kevin’s model friendship has become an inspiration to the younger students.

Do you know an inspiring young person you want to nominate for a Diana Award?