THE DIANA AWARD’S 18TH YEAR

REFLECTIONS FROM THE CEO_

This year we’re particularly proud of our new visual identity. We have unified our identity across all our programmes and The Diana Award is now feeling fresh faced and ready for adult life.

Over the last 18 years we’ve achieved tremendous results through our three core programmes; from training over 28,000 young people to tackle bullying in their schools and communities, to supporting 1000 disengaged young people through our Mentoring programme and recognising 48,000 young people from across the globe for their social action work with The Diana Award.

This year, we’ve spread our wings and fled the nest; establishing regional offices for our Mentoring programme in Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield as we work to pair mentors from all manner of businesses with disengaged young people from across the country. This is on top of our work in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding. We’ve also helped bring the mentoring community together by establishing the first UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Mentoring.

We have been touring the UK with our #BeNiceBus and have trained hundreds of young people and adults to be strong online. I’m also delighted at our work delving into the world of gaming to help young people understand the potential risks and challenges of using such platforms.

Meanwhile, here in London we held our inaugural Legacy Award Ceremony at James’s Palace with TRHs The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. There we celebrated 20 inspirational young leaders from the UK and beyond, in a year when our namesake Princess Diana was remembered for her qualities of kindness and compassion.

As we look forward to our first year as a fully grown ‘adult’, our core focus remains on expanding our reach further; fostering, inspiring and developing positive change in even more young people across the country.

We will be working to fully establish ourselves in our new homes through our regional offices, reaching even more vulnerable people across the UK through our Mentoring programme. We will be relentless in our mission to ensure that a third of UK schools have access to our innovative antibullying peer support programmes, ensuring that young people have the tools and the skills to remain safe both on and offline. Finally, we remain committed to growing and developing our community of Diana Award Holders as we celebrate the achievements of hundreds of young people over the course of the coming year.

So, today I ask you to help us fulfil our 18th birthday wish. Go out and tell your friends, families and co-workers about the work of The Diana Award. Spread the message that young people can change this world, and help us in supporting them to do so.

Thank you.

TESSY OJO_

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