A team of students from Hereward College in Coventry were yesterday [5th July] presented with a Diana Award in recognition of their contribution towards tackling bullying.
The college were one of only three schools and colleges across the country to be selected to showcase their anti-bullying initiatives at a celebratory event held at the UK’s Facebook headquarters.
Marking the launch of the Diana Award’s #StandUpToBullying campaign, the event demonstrated the way young people across the UK, trained and supported by The Diana Award, are standing up to bullying within their schools and communities.
The high profile event was attended by 200 guests including the showcase schools and colleges, MPs, anti-bullying campaigners as well as celebrity supporters.
Hereward were supported by Union J’s JJ Hamblett who took part in a film highlighting the college’s anti-bullying work. The film was premiered at the showcase event and can be found here.
Tessy Ojo CEO of the Diana Award said: “The Diana Award is proud to recognise incredible young people, like the students at Hereward College who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe. The Diana Award is presented to inspirational young people who work to improve the lives of others in their schools and communities. With a growing network of over 47,000 Award Holders, we are building a force of young people who are committed to taking action and improving the lives of others.”
Sheila Fleming, Principal at Hereward College said: “We are extremely proud of our Anti-bullying Ambassadors at Hereward and the work they do across the college. The Diana Award will encourage them to continue their fantastic work and hopefully inspire others to make a difference in the community.”
The Diana Award
Since 1999, over 47,000 young people have been recognised with a Diana Award for making an outstanding difference in their communities’ across the globe and continuing Princess Diana’s legacy.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme has trained over 18,000 young people across the UK to lead on anti-bullying campaigns in their schools.
The programme offers resources and training to schools and youth organisations across the UK. After receiving the training students become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. In their role they help educate their peers on bullying, lead on anti-bullying campaigns, promote a culture which celebrates and tolerates difference and help keep their peers safe both online and offline.
With the support of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry, The Diana Award aims to inspire and recognise social action in young people by going beyond its Awards programme with youth led initiatives that empower young people to achieve their full potential and make a difference.