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The Lord Lieutenant of County down

The Diana awards ceremony was held @ stormont on Monday 3rd June 

    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; Their work strives to help elevate those voices onto a higher platform. Since then, they’ve had quite the journey but their core focus has remained the same, empowering young people to change the world.
    In 2006 they became an independent charity, which enabled them to develop into a fully-fledged youth-led movement. Five years later they launched their now world famous Anti-Bullying Programme and later, in 2012, their Mentoring Programme.

On 3rd June 2019 the ceremony came again to Stormont. It was last here in November 2018.20 young people were honoured for the difference that they have each made. The Diana Awards team came over from London to manage the event & were led by the CEO, Tessy Ojo. It is a very moving event & one of the most enjoyable that the Lord Lieutenant has been required to attend. It is particularly appropriate that we were able to use the facilities @ Stormont, as this is a superb setting & makes it all the more exciting for the participants. There are 2 main themes to the work that the charity promotes:-

MENTORING:- Young people who grow up without a positive role model in their lives are 67% less likely to gain employment when leaving education. We’re on a mission to change that through mentoring. We work to pair volunteer Mentors from the world of work with vulnerable young people who need a role model in their lives. Through a series of group sessions, our young Mentees gain an insight into the world of work and career skills training. Our work places a strong emphasis on social action; Mentors and Mentees work together to develop a campaign around a social issue that affects their community. This two-pronged approach prepares the young people for their post-secondary future whilst also instilling a sense of active citizenship.
ANTI-BULLYING:- The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign runs across four key programmes, as well as our youth boards, working to change the attitude surrounding bullying both across the UK and beyond. All of the programmes have a strong peer-to-peer focus, with our trainers giving young people the skills and confidence to become Ambassadors to tackle bullying in their schools long after the training has finished. Our anti-bullying work is recognised as world-class thanks to this sustainable approach.

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The Award winners together with the CEO, Tessy Ojo, The Lord Lieutenant & the N.I. Amabassador, Sandara Kelso Robb
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The CEO, Tessy Ojo
Cadet Sgt Sophie Ayres, Hannah McPhillimy, Sandara Kelso Robb MBE & Tessy Ojo

The CEO, Tessy Ojo
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