DIANA AWARD SHINES THE SPOTLIGHT ON  INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ACROSS SCOTLAND, WALES AND THE SOUTH WEST IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA

 

News Release: 14, December 2016

Over 120 inspirational young people, from across Scotland, Wales and the South West, presented with The Diana Award as part of INSPIRE Series.

The INSPIRE events took place at Cardiff City Hall on 8 December 2016 and Emirates Stadium in Glasgow on 5 December 2016.

These outstanding young people have invested a huge amount of energy and time to improve the lives of others and receive the Award, in memory of Princess Diana with pride.

Award Holders change the lives of others and their communities; whether they’re a volunteer, fundraiser, carer, campaigner or Anti-Bullying mentor.

Hugo Oh Graham receives his Diana Award at Cardiff City Hall for showing determination and optimism through his battle with cancer. Full biography below.

Jumana Arabi receives her Diana Award at INSPIRE Wales in Cardiff for campaigning to raise awareness and aid Syrian refugees fleeing from conflict. Full biography below.

Ross Foley receives his Diana Award from Olympian Dr. Katherine Grainger CBE and BBC presenter Jean Johansson in Galsgow, Scotland. Full biography below.

From left to right: Rebekah Fisher, Advaith Sastry, and Rachel Graham show off their Diana Awards at The Emirates Arena arena in Glasgow, Scotland during the #INSPIREScotland photo call.

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

 We would like to congratulate all our new Award Holders as they join #DianasLegacy and an alumni of 47,000 Diana Award Holders.  These awards come on the eve of a momentus year for The Diana Award as we join the world to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.  Underpinning all the work we do is the Power of Peer.  We use this to change attitudes and behavior to ensure young people get the support they need to get on in life and mobilise them to be a force for good in society.”   

As well as being celebrated with the prestigious Diana Award, young people attending THE INSPIRE events in Cardiff and Glasgow received 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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Emma Pelling: 07958 558172, emma@pellingpr.co.uk  www.diana-award.org.uk

ROLL OF HONOUR 2016

Lewis Girls Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, aged 15 to 16, Lewis Girls’ School, Ystrad Mynach

The Ambassadors have championed the anti-bullying programme within their school for the past three years; leading and developing projects and shaping school policy to create a positive and safe environment for their peers. They have worked closely with the whole school community and are highly valued by pupils, staff and the school’s governing body. During school inspections the work of the Ambassadors has been consistently reported as an excellent method of ensuring that the wellbeing of students is maintained.

Georgia Mills, aged 17, Cardiff

Georgia is St John Cymru Wales’ National Cadet of The Year for 2016 and Chair of the National Cadet Group representing young people across Wales at a national level. As well as dedicating a large amount of her free time to provide First Aid cover and support the elderly; Georgia’s main priority has been to ensure that First Aid training is inclusive nationally with a particular focus on children and young people with special educational needs. Georgia’s colleagues describe her as a “credit to the organisation whose selflessness has had an enormous impact on the lives of children and young people on a national level”.

Abby Jones, aged 15, St John Cymru Wales, Cardiff

Abby’s dedication to the support of others in her life whilst coping with family health issues is truly inspirational. Through St John Cymru Wales she gives up her free time to support the fundraising division, to volunteer with the badger group and provide First Aid cover at public events. At school she is Head Girl where she has been involved in the appointment of new staff members including the new Headteacher and represents her peers at events such as the 50th anniversary of The Aberfan disaster where she met Prince Charles.

Ruby Rice, aged 14, Brynteg School, Bridgend

In addition to her responsibilities as a young carer to her disabled mother, Ruby is a dedicated volunteer at a club for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Global Development Delay and associated difficulties such as anxiety, self-esteem and behavioural issues. Ruby gives up her weekends and holidays to help the children relate and engage with the world around them. She has made a huge impact on the young people with some of the most challenging behaviour at the camp.

Ellen Davies, aged 14, Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School, Neath

Ellen is a founding member of her schools equal rights club and is a passionate campaigner for equality for women and the LGBT community. She is a highly dedicated and vocal member of her School Council and been asked to represent the school on the County Youth Mental Health Consortium.  Ellen is a peer mentor for younger pupils and has delivered safe social media usage practice workshops to over 500 primary school students

 

Bethany Lamb, aged 18, Fixers

After missing months of schooling on account of her own battle with anxiety, Bethany raises awareness about mental health issues to help other young people. She joined forces with youth voice charity Fixers to help schools identify the symptoms of anxiety so they can then give pupils appropriate support. She is passionate about young people receiving support for anxiety and has launched her own campaign providing them with a help line that they can contact any time should they experience distress. Bethany’s social media campaign has been highly successful with one of her campaign posts reaching over 15,000 people.

Elan Môn Gilford, aged 17, Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School, Neath

Elan is a truly inspirational selfless young person who has been volunteering to ensure inclusion in sport for the past five years. Elan has achieved high levels of personal success in her own sporting pursuits and works hard to pass on the benefits of sport to others. She has spent over 1,500 hours volunteering, coaching, umpiring and running classes; ensuring equal opportunities for all regardless of ability. Her passion and dedication has inspired many in her community and her involvement has increased participation in sports in the catchment areas of Gwynedd and Anglesey.

Harri Williams, aged 15, Conwy.

Harri acts as a young carer for his father who has stage four dementia and is highly dedicated to helping others at school and the wider community. He helps delivering weekly lunchtime football sessions at Ysgol y Gogarth special school and coordinates sport sessions to over 40 Conway Young Carers like himself. His support allows young people who normally find it challenging to access leisure activities to play sports, preventing them from feeling isolated. Harri is an inspiring young person whose dedication to supporting disadvantaged young people makes him a role model to all around him.

Imogen Peach-Mason aged 17, Chepstow School, Monmouthshire

Already honoured as ‘Youth Volunteer of the Year’, Imogen has worked tirelessly to improve the learning experiences of SEN students. Her commitment to the cause has been tireless; even dedicating her free time to learning sign language and devising a dictionary for the hard of hearing. Additionally, Imogen has spent months volunteering with organisations such as Mencap and Building Bridges which support young people through extracurricular activities, and Changing Minds who work to decrease the stigma of mental health issues. Imogen is a truly selfless individual who seizes any opportunity to give back to her community.

Jordan Williams, aged 16, Pontypridd High School

Jordan has dedicated over twelve months of his time to lead the restoration of a children’s memorial garden and to help with the reconstruction of homes for Syrian refugees in his local community. With Jordan’s support, those grieving for the loss of young loved ones have a place to find peace and families who have survived the turmoil of the crisis in Syria now have a place of shelter. Jordan’s generosity has been contagious and he even convinced local businesses to donate the materials needed for both projects. Jordan has also been a positive mentor in his school; aiding younger students who assisted him in the projects to attain their Construction qualifications.

Madison Glinski, aged 11, Truro School

Madison began fundraising from the age of five after she was deeply affected after seeing startling images of children from developing countries through the media. Maddison spent a year appealing for donations and collected enough to convince her parents to take her to Africa where she spent her Christmas handing out the donations. Since then, Maddison has fundraised tirelessly for the Little Harbour Hospice busking on the streets and building a social media presence so big that she has raised £50,000. Madison doesn’t intend to stop her support and, after taking a break to prepare for secondary school, aims to increase this astounding amount to £75,000.

Rhiannon Bartlett, aged 18, St John Cymru Wales, Merthyr Tydfil

In 2013 Rhiannon was nominated as National Cadet of the Year with St. John’s Wales. During this time she decided to increase awareness of the dangers faced by working farmers. Rhiannon achieved this by creating training resources aimed at educating young people in first aid tailored towards working practices on farms. In order to implement this programme Rhiannon raised over £2,500 and has even managed to make the programme international by taking it to Hong Kong. Her hard work has inspired others to become young ambassadors for St. John’s Wales.

The Rhodri’s Rangers, aged 10 to 11, Blaen-y-Maes Primary School, Swansea

The Rhodri’s Rangers are a group of primary school students who aspire to make a difference to school life and improve the wellbeing of their peers. They have given up countless playtimes helping those without friends and raising awareness of bullying. The Rangers have written their own child-friendly anti-bullying policy and their research into improving school life has been recognised by Swansea University. In an area characterised by anti-social behaviour the Rhodri’s Rangers have reduced conflict in their school, given others confidence and become role models for younger students.

Rosemary Squires, aged 10, The Roots Foundation Wales, Swansea

Rosemary is an incredible role model for other young people living in care whose determination and natural ability to empathise with others knows no bounds. Rosemary is an active member of The Roots Foundation Support Network and is an inspiring spokesperson and ambassador for the organisation. She is an outstanding leader and is part of The Roots Foundation Young Person’s Committee which she takes part in with great pride at all times.

Ryan Crewe-Rees, aged 18, Volunteering Matters, Torfaen

Ryan has been extremely dedicated to ensuring that other young people learn about sexual health issues. He works with Volunteering Matters on their “Sex Matters Too” project and delivers workshops around sexual health, sexual exploitation and healthy relationships. Alongside designing and delivering workshops himself Ryan helps young people to develop their own peer led workshops; broadening the positive impact that he has made on young people in his local community. Ryan is described by Volunteering Matters as “an asset to the project and organisation”.

Tyler Edwards, aged 14, Ysgol Uwchradd Pen y Dre, Myther Tydfil

Tyler has shown true strength and heroism in the face of family loss. A dream Tyler shared with her parents was to climb Pen y Fan to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. She led school assemblies, met with charity representatives, organised promotional materials, and fundraising resources to carry out the walk with her family and 25 friends from school. Tyler completed the climb and raised over £1,250 for the charity. Following further family loss Tyler raised £5,000 for charities including the British Heart Foundation. Tyler has shown true selflessness even providing mentoring to other students experiencing family bereavement.

Fay Pretty, aged 18, Avonbourne 6th Form

Fay is a highly valuable member of her school community and has devoted over 1000 hours of her time to volunteering. She is dedicated to supporting the wellbeing and education of others and has always done so with great pride; committing her time to a reading scheme for younger students and as a peer mediator. She has fundraised to support a project developing medical care in Ecuador and made a trip to Uganda to promote women’s rights. Fay wholeheartedly commits herself to any charitable or voluntary activity that she can and is seen as a positive role model to all around her.

Isaac Hudson, aged 13, Devonport High School for Boys, Plymouth

At only 13 years old, Isaac is described as a respectable, courageous and inspiring young man. Isaac is a member of a support group called Jeremiah’s Journey, a local charity which offers support and information to children and their families who have experienced or are anticipating the passing of someone special. Because Isaac himself has experienced hardship he knows first-hand just how important Jeremiah’s Journey is and works hard to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Hugo Graham, aged 15 Devonport High School for Boys, Plymouth

Hugo was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014 and since then has been an inspiration to both students and staff at his school. Though he has undergone both chemotherapy and radiotherapy he has never let his enthusiasm for learning or spirit waver. After each treatment he shows considerable strength in his determination to go back into school as soon as possible, which sometimes he does the following day. After a lengthy spell out of school due to his initial treatments Hugo has worked tirelessly to catch up with the work and continues to make academic progress. His resilience is something to be proud of and is definitely inspiring to his fellow classmate.

Hollie Cullen, aged 18, Fixers

Hollie developed ME at the age of eight and has at times been left bedbound by the condition, which can cause persistent exhaustion, dizziness and pain. Despite her diagnosis she has worked hard to raise awareness of her condition and its affects. Hollie pioneered her own method of campaign; creating informative coffee cup sleeves which have since been distributed to coffee shops in her community. The sleeves display information about ME, links to relevant organisation’s work and Hollie’s own personal experiences and she has appeared on ITV News West Country to share her story. 

Annie-May Peryer, aged 16, Glenmoor and Winton Academies, Bournemouth

At just 14 years old Annie-May was named as one of Raising Hope Foundation’s most committed and youngest volunteers. She went beyond the standard requirements of volunteers on her trips to Ghana sacrificing her free time to support the children in the project and getting involved in community life. Through her outreach the organisation was able to meet a young boy who is deaf and had faced a lot of exclusion in the village and Raising Hope is now sponsoring the boy to attend a nearby deaf school which has transformed his life. Annie-May has inspired other students at her Academies to get involved with Raising Hope and supports the organisation with their fundraising.

Jumana Arabi, aged 16, Howell’s School, Cardiff

Jumana actively seeks to campaign for those who face more challenging circumstances at a local and international level. While she has recently been particularly focussed on the plight of Syrians caught up in or fleeing from conflict, she has been keen to raise awareness of the oppressed and persecuted in other parts of the world. Jumana is an active participant in Human Care Syria and Islamic Relief and has campaigned passionately with Amnesty international.

Samantha Hobbs, aged 18, Huish Sixth in Langport, Howell’s School, Langport

Samantha passionately campaigns for proper First Aid and CPR training and availability within her school and local community. To create awareness and reach her goal she campaigned at her school to ensure CPR was being offered. As part of her campaign she visited Parliament and spoke with MPs about the importance of teaching First Aid in schools. Samantha’s efforts have made a lasting impact in her community and her school is now has CPR training set as a whole-school initiative which she herself has taken the lead role in implementing.

The Young Volunteers aged 11 to 18, The Egypt Centre Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Swansea

The Egypt Centre Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is defined not just by its collection but by it’s volunteers and in particular The Young Volunteers as their commitment is extraordinary. The group act as educators, guides and workshop leaders for a diverse range of visitors including young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Young Volunteers have gone above and beyond what the scheme was originally established to achieve and now provide essential services that greatly enhance the experience that the Museum provides to it’s visitors.

Brittany, 17 years old nominated by Park School in Kilmarnock

Brittany’s story of overcoming confidence issues and low self-esteem is inspirational. After moving to her new school she became a highly respected member of her school community; gaining confidence through voluntary work, supporting students at a local primary school and nursery. Brittany also runs a lunch club for socially disadvantaged pupils; always prioritising the needs of those who need the most. Her dedication to improving the lives of others has earnt Brittany the role of Deputy Head Girl at Park School.

 

Kira, 13 years old nominated by Radio Lollipop for Children in Hospital in Edinburgh

Kira has undergone intense medical treatment for Neuroblastoma; a cancer that is becoming increasingly prevalent in young people. Despite being just eleven years old when she was diagnosed with the condition, Kira’s courageous attitude has inspired the lives of all around her and has earned her the nickname of ‘Kira the Machine’. Whilst in hospital she offered support to other cancer sufferers and their families and raised awareness of her condition through social media. Kira is greatly admired by her entire school community who are delighted that she has gradually managed to come back into classes.

 

Ji, 11 years old nominated by St. Vincent’s Primary School in Glasgow

Ji has shown incredible courage in overcoming the challenges he has faced throughout his life. Despite these he has made an immeasurable difference to the life of another student at his school who has cerebral palsy, limited use of one arm and a splint on one leg. Ji supports his friend around school, helps him up when he falls and ensures he is always included and encouraged on the football pitch. Ji is an outstanding role model to others at his school and his teachers are delighted to be able to shine the spotlight on a student who is always so selfless.

Adam, age 17 from Barrhead High school in Barrhead

Adam has devoted over three years of his life to using sport to create positive change. Using his own initiative, Adam began a free running and gymnastics club and in so doing has helped to reduce the stigma of boys being involved in gymnastics in his local community. He has never missed a session and provides one-on-one support for all those in need. Adam also chairs a council which recognises positive achievement in his school. Adam’s determination and commitment to his community has been crucial in providing opportunities to achieve success for people who exhibit challenging behaviour.

Advaith, age 16 from, Douglas Academy in Milngavie

Over the last four years Advaith has been on a mission to give back to his local community volunteering with seven different organisations over four years. He has now completed over 300 volunteering hours, achieving ‘The Saltire Summit Award’ for outstanding contribution to volunteering. Advaith is an elected member of the Scottish Youth Parliament working with MPs and MSPs to create positive change for young people in Scotland. He has helped raise awareness of mental health issues, fundraised for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation and inspires others around him to get involved in volunteering.

 

Alana, age 17, Barrhead High School in Barrhead

Alana has become a pillar of support to both students and staff in her school. Rather than let her battle with anxiety overwhelm her, Alana chose to help those going through similar situations. Her compassion, empathy and dedication to her school’s ‘Support for Learning’ department has made her a pillar of support in her community. Alana’s kindness has made an impact on many students; organising local trips for students with learning difficulties, mental health issues and gender identity issues. She has fostered a supportive environment and demonstrated the importance of inclusion and acceptance to all around her.

 

At Your Side, ate 12 to 13, Castlehead High School in Paisley

At Your Side are passionate about providing peer support in their school and are committed to charitable causes. After one of the girls experienced family loss the group began an awareness campaign to support other children experiencing family illness and are committed to this cause. They have also worked closely with ‘The British Young Citizen Award’ organisation and the ‘I Am Me’ disability hate crime group. Not only does the group raise awareness, but they fundraise for a range of charities, and have contributed to the decrease of bullying incidents in their school.

 

The Community Volunteers, age 16 to 18, Bishopbriggs Academy in Glasgow

The work done by the Bishopbriggs Academy Community Volunteers is a story of youth empowerment beginning in 2014. Initially led by one of their teachers, the girls began volunteering at a local care home but upon their teacher’s departure the girls took charge of the scheme that has helped build strong intergenerational relationships. They have become certified “Dementia Friends”, speaking at dementia awareness events and were even nominated for a national dementia award from Alzheimer’s Scotland. They have shown that volunteering has a place in adolescent life and have changed the lives of many; becoming more confident and responsible citizens in the process.

Bo’ness Academy Young Leaders, age 12 to 17, Bo’ness Academy in Bo’ness

The Bo’ness Young Leaders ensure the wellbeing of many of their fellow pupils through a multitude of projects. In total the team have devoted 400 hours of their time to helping over 200 fellow pupils. They have organised a Sportathon which raised over £2,000 to help improve sport facilities in their school and they have secured a local sports club’s support which now offers free tuition to the school’s pupils. The Bo’ness Young Leaders have inspired their peers to become young leaders and they themselves have developed into strong individuals in the process.

Ellie, age 13, West Calder High School in Polbeth

Ellie is an inspiring young woman who has not let her Cerebral Palsy stop her from achieving her goals and giving back to others. She dedicates her time to the ‘Riding for the Disabled Association’ not only competing in national events but also fundraising for the group even when her illness prevents her from taking part. Over the last year Ellie has had three major operations which stopped her from riding yet continues to live with optimism and puts all of her effort into everything she does, including achieving her dream of riding in the Paralympics. Ellie inspires all with her motto “scars are tattoos with better stories”.

 

The LCR Buddy Network, age 16-18, Hillpark Language and Communication Resource in Glasgow

The LCR Buddy Network have focused on befriending young people with autism, helping them build strong interpersonal relationships and are trusted role models who can listen, sympathise and offer sound advice on a range of issues and concerns. The group supports with schoolwork, run clubs and social activities and most importantly provide the shelter of safe and welcoming companionship for young people who can feel vulnerable in a school environment. The Buddies have helped increase self-esteem in pupils with autism, combatted a lack of social understanding and helped to integrate students with autism into mainstream school activities.

 

Kenedy, age 16, Chryston High School in Glasgow

Kennedy has gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure students in her school have a strong support system. Kennedy has dedicated hours of her time to running lunchtime and after school clubs, as well helping out at shows and parent’s evenings. Caring and attentive, Kennedy has helped students build self-esteem, offered emotional support and coached students with SENs. Kennedy has made the decision to become a teacher when she is older and has already started her UCAS application to study Education. Her teachers say her transformation from a shy, timid pupil to a confident young person has been wonderful to see.

 

Martin, age16, Bridging the Gap in Glasgow

Martin has an undeniable passion for helping people. For over two years he has been committed to ‘Bridging the Gap’; a programme at his school that ensures students have a smooth transition from primary to secondary school. Inspired by his own mentor, Martin wanted to motivate other young people and and thinks the best way to do this is by getting involved yourself; he plays a significant role in mentoring and tutoring younger pupils. Martin is an asset to his school community and is a fantastic example of generosity, acceptance of others and has a passion for equality.

Meghan, age 17, John Paul Academy in Glasgow

Meghan has been volunteering for three years using her passion for sports to benefit other people. She acts as a role model and motivates others to become more involved in sport and to lead a healthier lifestyle. She has given up an extraordinary amount of her own time volunteering after school at various sports clubs in order to support the young people and assist teachers and coaches. Meghan is also a Young Ambassador and represents her school at conferences within Glasgow City Council. School staff have praised Meghan for making younger pupils feel supported and more confident.

Kilsyth YPI Winners, age 16, Chris’s House Airdrie

The Kilsyth YPI Winners are an inspirational group of young people who have dedicated their time to fundraising and raising awareness for Chris’s House; a suicide prevention organisation. Having initially supported the charity as part of a Youth and Philanthropy

Initiative at their school, the girls became incredibly committed to the cause; promoting their work to other organisations, building strong links with the organisation and raising

£3600. The funds raised have been of significant benefit to Chris’s House and have helped them to offer outreach suicide awareness raising sessions to local youth groups, organisations and schools.

 

Rachel, age 17, Douglas Academy in Glasgow

Over the last three years Rachel has dedicated over 500 volunteer hours to her local community. This has included working with the ‘Riding for the Disabled Association’, her school’s ‘Rights Respecting Association’ and the ‘Eco and Fairtrade Club’. Rachel has adopted an innovative approach to fundraising, organising bush tucker trails and ‘Sponge the Teacher’ events. In total she has raised over £2,400 for charity. She also provides support to young girls in her local Karate Club and at her Brownie Unit helping them to achieve their disability awareness badge in association with the Riding for the Disabled Association.

 

Rebekah, age 17, Douglas Academy in Glasgow

Despite being in and out of hospital due to a serious heart condition Rebekah is passionate about volunteering. For many years she has given her time to support her local care home, coach young people in sport and get involved in any charitable activity that she is able to. She has helped build strong intergenerational relationships in her community by linking the care home with her school and organised coffee mornings to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Research. Her selflessness and courageous approach to life is inspirational to everyone around her.

Ross, age 17, Dalkeith High School in Dalkeith

Living by the motto ‘nothing is impossible’, Ross has become an inspiration to both able-bodied and disabled people in his community. Despite suffering a growth disorder, Ross is a fundamental member of his local badminton club. He is dedicated to increasing the participation of disabled young people in sport and volunteers his time to provide free tuition to make that happen. Ross sits on the Lothian Disability Forum and Young Person’s Sports Panel; encouraging young people of all abilities to persevere with their chosen sport. Ross has been asked to represent Scotland at four national championships and hopes to do the same at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Suely and Engracia, age 18, Hillpark Language and Communication Resource in Glasgow

Engracia befriended Suely when she came to Hillpark and the two girls worked closely, not just supporting the causes they care about, but also each other. Suely has thrown herself enthusiastically into an incredible amount of social justice initiatives with Engracia, yet all the while learning English and focusing on her academic studies as well as working four nights a week in a restaurant to support herself. Both girls are considered to be excellent role models for their peers and have been leaders within their communities; Suely and Engracia have been the driving force at the head of a group which has raised over £10,000 for Mary’s Meals and £1500 for educational resources for Mang’omba School in Malawi.

Malawi Group, age 16-17, Williamwood High School in Clarkston

The fundraising efforts of Williamwood Malawi Group have been life-changing for the 1400 pupils who attend Ekwendeni Primary School in Malawi. By organising a variety of fundraising events including a race night, fashion show, Burns Supper and ‘Malawi Week’ the group raised an incredible £10,000 which has allowed for the renovation of fourteen classrooms which were falling into a serious state of disrepair. The group have also inspired other students at their school to continue supporting Ekwendi by speaking about their experiences in assemblies.

 

Siobhan, age 17, Kear Campus (Clydesdale Support Base) in Lesmahagow

Siobhan has overcome significant adversity in her life and in doing so has become an inspirational young role model for her peers, many of whom have social, emotional and mental health issues at Clydesdale Support Base. She has transformed her life by focusing on achieving her qualifications and taking on a mentoring role for younger students which she has done without prompting. In the past Siobhan has had a poor school attendance but this has now risen to 95% and she is on track to achieve her SQA National 4 English and Maths.

 

Matthew, age 17, Kear Campus (Clydesdale Support Base) in Lesmahagow

Matthew is an inspiring young person who has worked hard to step away from the negative influences in his life, dramatically improve his school attendance and supporting his peers with their learning. He has been of invaluable support to one young person with behavioural issues; guiding him through school life and encouraging him to use positive behaviour. Matthew is a fantastic role model to all of his peers at school and has also increased his disabled uncle’s quality of life by helping him to attend biker’s meetings and rallies.

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