65 young people received the Diana Award at Barclays Corporate in London on 24th September.
Vice Captain of the Paralympics GB sitting volleyball team Martine Wright who was a victim of the London 7/7 bombings joined Diana Award Ambassador Sinitta to present the awards.
Martine said: “The Diana Award is presented to young people who have made an outstanding contribution to their local communities. It is fantastic that their dedication, bravery and selflessness is celebrated with an award. London 2012 Paralympic athletes have been called inspirational but it is these young people who are truly amazing – they are inspiring their generation to take a positive role in their communities.”
Andrew and Scott receieved the Diana Champion Volunteer Award at Barclays. They are part of The National Deaf Children’s Society – NDCS’ Young People’s Advisory Board 2011-12, which works with the charity to find innovative ways to tackle issues that affect deaf young people. NDCS nominated the 14 members of the Board, who were aged between 12 and 18 and included Scott and Andrew, after they led a campaign called Look, Smile, Chat which aims to improve deaf awareness among teenagers and help deaf and hearing teenagers to communicate with each other.
They worked with NDCS to create videos, posters and information packs for deaf and hearing young people to advise how to overcome communication barriers. They also helped to improve deaf awareness in their schools, attended conferences and led on a petition about cinema subtitling. Their work demonstrated that deaf young people have views and ideas that are worth listening to.
On receiving the award, Andrew said: “This is fantastic news! I’m so pleased we receieved the award and am very proud to have been on the YAB where I was able to work with all the members to show just how important it is that deaf children and young people have the opportunity to have their views and ideas listened to.”
Congratulations to all the new Award Holders – welcome to the Diana Award!