News Release: 11 October 2017

To mark The Diana Award’s 18th Birthday, the youth charity set up in memory of Princess Diana, announces the expansion of their successful Anti-Bullying and Mentoring programmes which will nurture thousands of young people from across the UK.

The announcement was made at a special event in London, attended by The Duke of Cambridge. James Okulaja (14yrs, above) and Jody Naylor (13yrs, below) were seated next to The Duke of Cambridge and talked about the impact the programmes had on their lives.

This expansion comes on the back of recent statistics, commissioned by The Diana Award in a YouGov poll, that revealed 64% of young people, 8-15yrs, say at least one of their friends has been bullied school.  Additional evidence also suggests that without an effective role model young people are 67% less likely to get a job.


Jody Naylor 13yrs a Child Looked After from Sheffield spoke about how The Diana Award mentoring programme transformed her life

The Diana Award runs the leading Anti-Bullying Campaign in the UK and Ireland giving young people, professionals and parents the skills, confidence and training to tackle all forms of bullying as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

The biggest impact to ending up workless as an adult is living in a high unemployment area and poor health (Social Mobility Commission 2017) – The Diana Award Mentoring Programme engages with the most vulnerable young people in our society offering them role models and inspiration to gain the skills and aspiration that they need to fulfil their full potential.

Speaking at the event, Tessy Ojo, CEO, The Diana Award, said:

“The expansion of our Anti-Bullying and Mentoring Programmes will enable us to invest in young people to build sustainable futures for generations to come.  As we mark eighteen years we remain ambitious for children and young people – we aim to be active in a third of schools within the next three years. We know that our tried and tested youth-led programmes facilitate real and lasting change in the lives of young people.”


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Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award.

Tessy is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for fostering positive change in the lives of young people and the impact it has on communities around them. At the heart of her work is the belief that with the right support and investment, young people are the best instigators for achieving real, sustainable change in their lives, their communities and the lives of their peers.

Young people who have engaged with The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying and Mentoring Programmes.



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