The Diana Award was established in 1999 by the British Government who wanted continue Princess Diana’s legacy by establishing a formal way to recognise young people who were going above and beyond the expected in their local communities. Too many young voices go unheard; our work strives to help elevate those voices onto a higher platform. Since then, we’ve had quite the journey but our core focus has remained the same, empowering young people to change the world.
In 2006 we became an independent charity, which enabled us to develop into a fully-fledged youth-led movement. Five years later we launched our now world famous Anti-Bullying Programme and later, in 2012, our Mentoring Programme.
In 2017 we took the bold step to freshen up our look as we announced an organisational-wide rebrand, giving an exciting boost to our image in the 20th anniversary year of Princess Diana’s death, during which we celebrated her life and legacy. Since then, we’ve used that new look to grow our Mentoring initiative which joins our Anti-Bullying programme in reaching young people and schools across the UK. Our current Mentoring hubs are in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Jersey and our home base, resides in the heart of London, in the neighbourhood of Shoreditch.
Since our creation 20 years ago, (yes we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2019!) we have recognised 49,000 selfless young people from across the world for their social action and humanitarian work with the Diana Award, the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive.
We have trained over 33,000 young people to stand up to bullying in their schools and communities through Anti-Bullying Ambassador training, and we’ve supported nearly 2,000 vulnerable young people across the United Kingdom by introducing a positive role model into their lives through our Mentoring Programme.
We’re delighted to have you join us on our journey of continuing Princess Diana’s Legacy through the power of young people.