Nominations Now Open for Diana Award

It’s our favourite time of year at The Diana Award – nomination season! Which means that every day, we get to hear all about more incredible young people and the game-changing work they’re doing to transform people’s lives.

WHAT IS THE DIANA AWARD?

The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. The 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 the award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without any expectation of reward. But we’ve been thinking – what if we miss someone? What if there are young people out there whose stories aren’t being told? Which is where you come in.

WHO CAN RECEIVE THE DIANA AWARD?

We are excited to invite you to shine a spotlight on an unsung hero by nominating a young person from your organisation. The Award is open to young people aged 9 – 25 who have been engaged in at least 12 months of activities, who are selflessly transforming the lives of others, often in the face of adversity. We know that there are many young people in Northern Ireland who fit this criteria and we believe that they deserve recognition on a global platform.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Young people who receive The Diana Award are presented with a personalised certificate and invited to attend a sparkling award ceremony, if located in the UK. Diana Award Holders are also presented with an invitation to Althorp House, Princess Diana’s childhood home. These invitations are gifted to Diana Award Holders in kind by Princess Diana’s, brother Earl Spencer, in recognition of their continuation of Diana’s legacy.

Organisations who make a successful nomination also gain the opportunity to raise their profile by being featured in The Diana Award Roll of Honour released to the media by The Diana Award in July every year. The Award is also a vehicle for inspiring many more young people to engage in social action, mobilising new generations to make a positive change in the world, as Princess Diana believed they could. Click here for a full list of the 2019 Diana Award Holders.

HOW DO I NOMINATE?

Nominations must be made before the 12 March 2020 deadline at https://diana-award.org.uk/nomination-centre/ where further information about the nomination process and our programmes can also be found. Attached is a nomination guideline document for more details on the nomination application. We would also welcome your support in helping us spread the word even further, encouraging others to nominate for The Diana Award so that we can celebrate the amazing things that your young people are doing!

Download Nominations Guide here

Summer Activities for Children & Young People with a Disability/Additional Needs

A  new resource for parents and staff in relation to summer activities for children and young people with a disability and/or additional needs has been produced through our 6 Locality Planning Groups in the Southern Trust Area.  We invited group members and relevant organisations to give us the dates of summer activities being run across the Southern Trust area, so we can see what is being planned. LPG’s feel it is useful for everyone to know what is happening in their area to avail of summer provision for their child.

Download Directory here – Updated 18 June 2019

We know this is not a definitive list however we have included all of the information submitted to us and we thank those who have contributed.  We will advertise summer activities and schemes for all children and young people in the Southern Trust area in our next two FYI’s, so if you are running a scheme please send through all relevant information (flyers, details of activities etc.) 

Also, we would welcome any feedback from any of you who have secured activities for your child or services who have gained participants as a result of this resource.

Contact: Darren.curtis@hscni.net  with any feedback or if you require a copy of the directory or any other information.

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