INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVE AWARD IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA AT LEEDS CEREMONY
News Release: 9, November 2017
Over 90 inspirational young people from Yorkshire and Humber, North East and North West will be presented with a Diana Award as part of INSPIRE Series in memory of Princess Diana. *Roll of honour at end of release.
The Diana Award will be presented by Danny Jones, Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE and the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.
These exceptional young people embody Princess Diana’s qualities of kindness, compassion and service. Today the Diana Award has the support of both her sons the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The Diana award was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. It is committed to fostering, inspiring and developing positive change in the lives of young people through practical social action. Award Holders change the lives of others; whether they’re a volunteer, fundraiser, carer, campaigner or Anti-Bullying mentor.
Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award, says;
“These awards come in a landmark year for The Diana Award as we join the world to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana. At The Diana Award we understand that valuing young people also means investing in them so we are delighted that these Award recipients will have access to our unique development programme that ensures they continue to be positive trailblazers for their generation.”
Danny Jones, says:
I’m really excited to meet such an inspirational group of young people, especially being so close to home. It’s an amazing way to give recognition to these incredibly special people and to hear their stories. It makes me proud to be northern. They are true heroes.”
As well as being celebrated with a prestigious Diana Award, young people attending INSPIRE North will receive 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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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.
About The Diana Award
The Diana Award is the longest running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special: young people do not work towards our award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without expectation of reward. We believe this makes The Diana Award unique and the reason why young people form a deep connection to the award.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Yorkshire and Humber
MATHER ROAD CHILDRENS HOME
Walking nearly three thousand miles to find safety in the UK, Hameed has overcome devastating circumstances escaping Afghanistan as an asylum seeker. Separated from his mother and family, he has built a life in the UK as a level headed, positive role model, educating and inspiring all those around him. Despite never having been to a school in Afghanistan, Hameed has learnt to speak English and supports peers who have faced similar adversity, a true testament to his maturity.
TADCASTER GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Jemima has dedicated countless hours of her time to improving the lives of young people with disabilities through her highly successful Stingrays Swimming Club. Inspired by her brother who has Down’s syndrome, Jemima is passionate about ensuring that all young people with a disability are given access to opportunities to keep fit in a fun and stimulating environment. She remains incredibly ambitions in her dreams to challenge perceptions of disability through representing Great Britain in the Special Olympics Committee.
As a model Peer mentor, Rosie takes on the responsibility of going above and beyond to help, support and be a friend to younger, vulnerable students. She regularly dedicates her morning, break and lunchtimes to support fellow students in the Peer Mentoring room and has also taken part in anti-bullying training. Her ambition to make a difference, maturity, and approachable character has led her to become an invaluable support system for her peers.
LEEDS CITY ACADEMY
A Syrian refugee forced to flee the war at the age of 10, Mohamad has overcome incredible adversity in his lifetime. Learning English, he has used his experience to inspire and mobilise his peers into taking action as well as helping them to recognise the hardship faced by refugees in war torn countries. He has built social action projects and coordinated presentations to educate those around him and is a powerful role model, respected by all for his resilience and determination.
LEEDS EAST ACADEMY
Lechelle was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta and has monthly procedures which leave her weak and in pain. Despite this she is dedicated to fundraising for The Family Fund, which supports other disabled people and even volunteers some of her own disability money to the ambulance service. Lechelle has a 98% attendance record at school and works hard to not only achieve her own goals but to ensure the wellbeing of her peers at school.
FREDERICK GOUGH SCHOOL
Margarida has gone above the call of duty as a volunteer both inside and out of school. She has dedicated her free time for three years to the school’s antibullying and Year 6 induction activities, supporting the lunchtime drop-in service, the confidential support email account and leading assemblies on positive behaviour. Margarida has raised money for food and clothing for the under privileged and delivered training to other schools around internet safety and health relationships.
SALANDINE NOOK HIGH SCHOOL
HUDDERSFIELD _AGE 15
Oliver has been an incredibly committed Anti-Bullying Ambassador over the past four years; spending endless hours creating and delivering whole school assemblies and training sessions to raise awareness of the damaging effects of bullying, and consequently inspiring many of his peers to join the cause. Oliver’s dedication was recognised when he gained the position of Lead Anti-Bullying Ambassador and he is also a member of his School Council and a keen fundraiser.
BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
Kayleigh had open heart surgery as a baby, and from the age of 6 has supported the British Heart Foundation and the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. She has raised over £8000 through fundraising events and her work has funded better facilities, research, training and resources for the organisations that have supported her. Kayleigh’s dedication and pro-active approach to fundraising have been an inspiration to both adults and young people in her life.
IMRAN UL HAQ
GRANGE TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
BRADFORD _AGE 17
Imran is an inspirational role model at his school who has excelled in role as Head Boy; organising and leading a team of student ambassadors to facilitate the transition phase of new Year 7 students, as well as leading projects with NCS, WE charity and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Imran’s dedication has inspired a powerful ethos of volunteering in his school, and his peers have reported enhanced confidence and raised aspirations as a result of his mentoring and support.
THE ANTI-BULLYING ALLIANCE
COPLEY JUNIOR SCHOOL
DONCASTER _AGED 8-10
The Anti-Bullying Alliance have changed the lives of everyone in their school, making the school a bully-free zone. Following Anti-Bullying training from The Diana Award, the group has led on all anti-bullying activities as well as working to introduce new school policies and practices. The Alliance dedicate their own free time to Copley Junior School a safer place, never asking for anything in return.
BRIDLINGTON _AGED 15-16
The Peer Mentors provide essential support and advice to the school’s more vulnerable students and are also ambassadors of the school’s anti-bullying policy. They offer friendship and advice, and make themselves available to any student who may need guidance through issues of bullying or isolation. The Peer Mentors also work to protect the safety of future students with anti-bullying outreach programmes in local primary schools.
MCAULEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
DONCASTER _AGED 12-18
The McAuley Buddies are a committed group of caring young people who devote their free time to support their fellow students through anti-bullying and peer mentoring work. By organising special events and activities throughout the year, as well as hosting drop-in sessions, the Buddies support both students and staff to create an environment that is welcoming to all. The generosity and dedication of McAuley Buddies is an inspiration to the whole school community.
BAMBISANANI TEAM 2016
ST MARY’S MENSTON
MENSTON_ AGED 17-18
The St. Mary’s group were volunteers as part of the 10th Bambisanani Partnership visit to South Africa. The group visited Kwa Zulu Natal, one of the country’s most beautiful yet most deprived regions. Through this partnership, the two schools work together to promote education, leadership, health and global understanding, with the St Mary’s group delivering leadership sessions as well as many other activities. The group returned to the UK with a newfound appreciation for all that they have here.
WATH COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL
ROTHERHAM _AGED 12-15
The E-safety Champions have changed the face of online safety for everyone at their school including staff and parents. Giving up countless hours of their time, they have created an online safety film and printed resources for parents and for the Wath Comprehensive’s feeder primary schools. They are currently in the process of designing online tutorials about safer social networking for our school website. Inspired by the rise in students becoming vulnerable on social media, this group have taken it upon themselves to educate others and change the situation.
THE WORLABY BUDDIES
BRIGG_ AGED 9-11
The Worlaby Buddies are dedicated to making their school a happy and safe place for their entire school community. They take the lead on all anti-bullying activities at school and organise themselves through a playground rota; ensuring a Buddy is always available to support others who are feeling unhappy or lonely. In recent surveys 100% of parents said their children felt safe at school 98% of pupils agreed. Leading assemblies and school activities, the Buddies have continued to inspire their peers, many of whom are interested in becoming a Buddy next academic year.
HANNAH TODD PHOTOGRAPHY
Over the past 3 years, Harriotte has raised over £35,000 for various charity both locally and internationally; a remarkable achievement for any young person. Following her work as Miss Teen Newcastle and Miss Teen Great Britain, she has set up an organisation called the North East Pageant Network; supporting and empowering young women to gain confidence through charity work. To date Harriotte has attended over 300 charity events and organised 20 herself, positively impacting the lives of so many through her mentoring.
ANTI-BULLYING BEHAVIOUR SERVICE
HARTLEPOOL _AGE 15
Mathew was the driving force behind his Anti-Bullying Ambassador team school. In his role as Chair, Mathew planned and delivered assemblies on recognising and tackling bullying and contributed to the development of his school’s anti-bullying policy. Mathew actively campaigns and fundraises for his cause in his local community and it is not unusual for Mathew to be asked to help an extremely vulnerable young person that needs help with confidence or bullying problems.
PEER MENTOR TEAM
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
STOCKTON-ON-TEES _AGED 10-12
The Peer Mentor Team have dedicated their time and energy towards making the school and its wider community a better place. Motivated by the challenges of poverty seen in their local area, the group set up a food collection point in their school. Beyond this, the group work support their church through coffee mornings and other such events. They are an ambitious group who aim to continue to inspire by passing this legacy onto future peer mentor teams.
Over the past year and a half Isabelle has been an instrumental member of the peer mentoring team, raising the profile of the Anti-Bullying campaign within her school. Her enthusiasm and determination in her local community projects has gained her a position on the Oldham Youth Board. As a positive role model, Isabelle coordinates activities with year seven pupils surrounding themes of anti-bullying, raising self-esteem, community cohesion and kindness, and has had a remarkable impact on those around her.
A key advocate for Anti-Bullying and Mental Health, Megan has proved invaluable in challenging the stigma associated with these issues. She has visited primary schools to support the year 6 students’ with their transition into secondary school, tutored year 7 students on themes of self-esteem, anti-bullying and mental health, and has written articles to raise awareness. Megan is a talented and inspirational young person who works hard to ensure that every student within her community feels accepted and safe.
Since the age of eleven, Libby has been dedicated to promoting anti-bullying at her school. She has been instrumental in establishing and leading a peer mentoring programme, which now includes over 30 students who work tirelessly to tackle bullying. Libby leads the Hate Crime Week which she introduced to her school to promote equality and has supported Newsround on a special Anti-Bullying Week report, compiling top tips for anyone being bullied which were.
ALDER HEY CHILDREN’S CHARITY
Hayden is a truly remarkable young fundraiser who, at the age of just 10, has raised £24,000 for Alder Hey Children’s Charity in support of his younger brother, born with a rare genetic disorder. Amongst other fundraising initiatives Hayden has taken part in a triathlon, organised a trip for his school choir to sing at 10 Downing Street and held a charity disco and auction. His outstanding dedication to helping others has earned him the role of Alder Hey Children’s Charity’s Young Ambassador.
Samantha is an exceptionally hardworking and dedicated student. As part of her role as a peer mentor and anti-bullying ambassador she has planned and delivered work on a range of topics including anti-bullying, kindness, raising self-esteem and community projects, working alongside Age UK. She has also worked with Mind, Brook and Dove and, using these experiences, has provided support and advice for students in year seven through their transition to secondary school.
Roshni is a champion of antibullying and peer support for her entire school community; guiding young people who are transitioning from primary to secondary school, and delivering training sessions to her teachers on how to tackle bullying in the classroom from a student’s perspective. She is now is working with Oldham Youth Council to further promote her antibullying work, and is working with other schools in Oldham on a project to raise awareness of issues linked with mental health and self-esteem.
ALTRINCHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS
Oliver has been an exceptional project manager for ‘Chad’s Challenges’; a fund established in memory of a former student who lost a battle to cancer, raising money for a young person’s oncology unit. He has led a team to delivery three events that generated over £3000 for the fund and other charitable organisations; chairing meetings, promoting the events through social media, securing local business support and even providing musical performances at the events.
Alanna’s dedication to the learning and wellbeing of her peers is inspirational. She leads the planning and delivery of the peer reading programme at school and is an Anti-Bullying Ambassador; facilitating activities focussed on inclusion, kindness and raising self-esteem. Alanna plans and delivers lessons for Year 6 students to prepare them for secondary school and supports Year 7 students through the transition year.
ROYAL MANCHESTER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHARITY
Brooke raised thousands of pounds for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity having been treated there since birth for a rare spinal condition. When told she couldn’t take part in physical activity for a year following surgery, she created an event called the Forbidden Mile; encouraging her community to take on a one mile challenge, for those who are not physically able to do so. Since then she has organised and taken part in sponsored events across the North West.
THORNLEIGH SALESIAN COLLEGE SIXTH FORM CENTRE
BOLTON _AGE 17
Through his anti-bullying campaigns, recycling initiatives, cyber awareness and healthy lifestyle promotion, Jonathan has had a huge impact on his school council and local community. In October 2016 he helped to launch the “Be Kind to my Mind” initiative along with CAMHS Bolton and Bolton Youth Council, to highlight young people’s mental health. His dedication and compassion has led to him being elected as leader of the School Council in Year 11 and Youth MP for Bolton.
BEYOND LABELS: IN YOUNG MEN’S SHOES
THE HOLLINS TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
ACCRINGTON _AGED 12-16
This brave group have used their personal experiences and their deepest thoughts and feelings, to create powerful and inspiring performances. They explore issues of male identity and the pressures that individuals face due to the labels placed on them by society. As a result of their determination and hard work an exhibition of film, photography and spoken word has been performed across their region; challenging a wide cross section of the community to think beyond labels.
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