CARDIFF SEES OUTSTANDING YOUNG HEROES FROM WALES HONOURED WITH AWARD IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA

30 young people from across Wales will be publicly honoured with The Diana Award for going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change.

29 November 2018

Today 30 inspirational children and teens, from across Wales, will be presented with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award.

Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

The Award Holders were joined by CEO Tessy Ojo and special guests

These exceptional young people have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise their own generation to service their communities through campaigning, volunteering, fundraising, or overcoming extreme life challenges.  Although their causes and backgrounds are varied, what they all have in common is that they are changing their communities and the world as Princess Diana believed they could. Young people include (full list at end of release):

EBAN GEAL

ANGLESEY COUNTY COUNCIL

ISLE OF ANGLESEY_AGE 15

Passionate about sport inclusivity, Eban is an instrumental ambassador for creating opportunities in his school and wider community. Eban leads several sport and fitness clubs in his community, inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds regardless of their ability, race or gender. Eban has volunteered hundreds of hours to make this happen and aims to get everyone hooked on sport for life, making sport accessible to all.

CHELSEA JENKINS

THE ROOTS FOUNDATION WALES

SWANSEA_AGE 16

After experiencing the care system, Chelsea has provided support and assistance in giving young people in care a voice within their local community for over a year. Chelsea continues to bring different people in her community together creating unity, aiding in intergenerational coffee mornings, community engagement sessions and community cooking sessions. As an ambassador of The Roots Foundation Wales, Chelsea has made herself a strong figure in her community, demonstrating that young people with experience in care can achieve great outcomes for themselves and others. Everyday Chelsea strives to break down the stigma attached to being a young person in care.

CHARLOTTE THOMAS

CAERPHILLY YOUTH SERVICE

CAERPHILLY_AGE 19

Inspired by her own battles with mental health, Charlotte has given up countless hours to volunteer in hospitals to support those suffering with anxiety and mental health issues. Dedicated to improving mental health for young people on a higher level, Charlotte has presented to MPs, councillors and headteachers about the importance of positive mental health in schools and has called for their support in implementing measures that will empower young people. She is a shining light. Through her continued work, she is making a difference and ensuring that every young person will have access to the mental health support that they need and deserve.

“We congratulate all our new Diana Award Holders from Wales who are positive trailblazers for their generation. We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens, creating a positive ripple effect across communities in the UK and the world.  At The Diana Award we value and invest in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others.”

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award

WHAT IS THE NOMINATION PROCESS?

Award Holders have been put forward by adults who know the young people in a professional capacity and recognised their efforts as a positive contribution to society. Through a rigorous nomination process, these nominators had to demonstrate the nominee’s impact in five key areas: Vision, Social Impact, Inspiring Others, Youth Leadership, and Service Journey. There are 13 Diana Award Judging Panels representing each UK region or nation and a further two panels representing countries outside of the UK. Each panel consist of four judges; Two Diana Award Holders, an education or youth work professional, and a business or government representative. The panels have an important main purpose: to determine which nominations from each UK region/nation will receive The Diana Award. Nominations are judged using the Criteria Guide and Scoring Guide which have been created to measure quality of youth social action. 2019 nominations for The Diana Award are now open until Spring 2019 and can be submitted at HERE

WALES ROLL OF HONOUR

SAMUEL APPLETON

BACK UP_STONESFIELD

OXFORD_AGE 12

After Samuel became injured in the middle of a rugby match at nine years old, he was left with a spinal cord injury. Determined to use his personal experiences for the better, Samuel became a youth advisor, influencing and shaping services for other young people like him. After his successful rehabilitation, Samuel became a young wheelchair skills trainer, supporting other young people to develop and improve their skills using their wheelchair. Sam continues to transform his community and believes that after a spinal cord injury you can still do anything you want to do. He is now working to help build that same confidence in others.

PAIGE DEAN

CONWY YOUTH SERVICE

CONWY_18

As a volunteer and peer educator with the Healthy Image Project, Paige has been instrumental in promoting food and health education for many young people. From providing training on smoking education, healthy eating and safe drinking, she has overcome her own anxiety to become a passionate trainer capable of educating others on good health practices. She has provided training in the UK, Austria and Spain, and as a volunteer has developed skills which will allow her to make a continued difference for years to come.

EBAN GEAL

ANGLESEY COUNTY COUNCIL

ISLE OF ANGLESEY_AGE 15

Passionate about sport inclusivity, Eban is an instrumental ambassador for creating opportunities in his school and wider community. Eban’s vision and commitment has seen him drive a committee of hardworking volunteers, who have now established two junior football teams where there were previously none. Eban leads several sport and fitness clubs in his community, inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds regardless of their ability, race or gender. Eban has volunteered hundreds of hours to make this happen and aims to get everyone hooked on sport for life, making sport accessible to all.

TEGAN, HEWITT

SALTNEY FOOTBALL CLUB

SALTNEY_17

As a trainer with Saltney Football Club, Tegan works passionately on weekly training sessions to inspire young people to not only be better sportspeople, but better citizens committed to making a positive change in their communities. Through her work, she has become a role model for those involved in the football club and the wider community, and has been praised for the positive impact that she has made. She goes the extra mile and has raised hundreds of pounds for the organisation and has since been recognised by her rotary club as a local hero who makes a massive difference in Saltney.

CAITLIN HOWELLS

ST JOHN CYMRU WALES – MERTHYR VALE ABERFAN DIVISION

MERTHYR VALE_19

As a Sargent with St John Cymru, Caitlin acts as a role model for younger cadets working with the charity. Through training sessions and pastoral support, Caitlin has supported young people to become first aiders capable of saving lives, whilst also supporting them with life skills that will empower them for their futures. She has raised funds for the charity to purchase vital new life-saving equipment, which is making a difference not just in her local community but across the country. Her passion for the cause is endless, and even when there are challenges elsewhere in her life, she always steps up to help make a difference.

CHELSEA JENKINS

THE ROOTS FOUNDATION WALES

SWANSEA_AGE 16

After experiencing the care system, Chelsea has provided support and assistance in giving young people in care a voice within their local community for over a year. Chelsea continues to bring different people in her community together creating unity, aiding in intergenerational coffee mornings, community engagement sessions and community cooking sessions. As an ambassador of The Roots Foundation Wales, Chelsea has made herself a strong figure in her community, demonstrating that young people with experience in care can achieve great outcomes for themselves and others. Everyday Chelsea strives to break down the stigma attached to being a young person in care.

CHARLOTTE THOMAS

CAERPHILLY YOUTH SERVICE

CAERPHILLY_19

Inspired by her own battles with mental health, Charlotte has given up countless hours to volunteer in hospitals to support those suffering with anxiety and mental health issues. Dedicated to improving mental health for young people on a higher level, Charlotte has presented to MPs, councillors and headteachers about the importance of positive mental health in schools and has called for their support in implementing measures that will empower young people. She is a shining light. Through her continued work, she is making a difference and ensuring that every young person will have access to the mental health support that they need and deserve.

BRADLEY WILLIAMS

FLINTSHIRE & WREXHAM O.W.L. ASSOCIATION

CONNAHS QUAY_AGE 16

Bradley is a dedicated volunteer and champion of young people. Bradley volunteers with St John Ambulance, his Community Football Group and works alongside members of the OWL Cymru Crime and Safety Team as a crime prevention cadet. He has given over 200 hours of his time over the course of the last year to help make a difference to the lives of others. Bradley has been subject to bullying but channelled his energy into something positive, helping others who are going through similar situations. His support and understanding has given other young people the confidence to achieve more and find the strength to succeed. GROUPS

THE DIAMOND PROJECT WITH LACES SWANSEA AND REACHING WIDER PARTNERSHIP SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

SWANSEA_14-16

The Diamond Project is a committed and inspirational group of young people who have overcome personal traumas to come together and support each other at Swansea University. As a group, they have developed and started weekly support meetings, and have since reached out to mentor other young people that can benefit from their support. They are passionate about tackling issues that affect disadvantaged children and are harnessing their lived experiences to support those facing similar traumas. They are an example of young people overcoming disadvantage to become the best they can be and are a true inspiration to others in similar situations.

EGYPT CENTRE YOUNG VOLUNTEERS

SWANSEA_AGE 10-17

The Egypt Centre Young Volunteers are made up of an inspirational group of young people, aged 10–17 who help deliver many services in the museum. They greet and guide visitors, demonstrate public activities such as mummification, object handling, and the ancient board game Senet. They help bring ancient Egypt alive for all visitors and are credited with helping widen participation through their own diversity and delivery styles. The programme is truly youth lead with the young people taking over the museum every Saturday, with adults there in a purely supervisory role.

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE DIANA AWARD?

© 2016 The Diana Award. The Diana Award is a registered charity (1117288 / SC0141915) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales number 5739137.