18 year old Conwy Volunteer receives prestigious Diana Award

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Conwy Volunteer receives the Diana Award

A volunteer with Conwy Youth Service has been awarded the prestigious Diana Award at a recent ceremony in Cardiff.

The Diana Award is a charity set up set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world. The Diana Award is the highest accolade a young person can receive for their social and humanitarian work. It’s given to young people aged 9-25 years to recognise their social action or humanitarian work.

Paige Dean, 18, was presented with her Award at Cardiff City Hall. Paige from Colwyn Bay was a member of a Conwy Youth Service Youth club from the age of 11, and her interest in volunteering began when she assisted at a community arts event.

Paige became a key part of several projects in the Youth Service, including the Healthy Image project which promotes healthy lifestyles and physical activity to young people in Conwy. As part of the initiative, Paige has helped to run sports sessions and activities at youth clubs, schools, in the community and at events.

 She has also taken part in activities in the UK and abroad including visiting Palencia in Northern Spain with the “Filter Europe” project. This brought together 60 young people from across Europe to produce a young person-friendly toolkit of resources for youth workers to use to educate and inform young people about the dangers of smoking and encourage them to quit smoking or not start in the first place.

Cllr Mark Baker, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Community Development Services said, “I’d like to congratulate Paige on this well-deserved Award. It’s so gratifying to see young people benefitting from the activities and initiatives that are run by Conwy Youth Service. We’re particularly proud of volunteers like Paige who give back so much to their communities and create the right environment to help young people gain confidence and equip them for the future. She is an excellent role model and recently gave a speech at Conwy County Borough Council’s annual Youth Service Celebration of Achievement event, telling hundreds of other young people and adults about how volunteering has benefited her life.”

Paige added, “Being involved in the Healthy Image Project has been the best decision of my life. I’ve been able to grow alongside other volunteers into a better person by learning and helping inform other young people about issues that affect us. As a volunteer I’ve also been able to give back to my community, taking everything I’ve learned and putting it into action. Whether it’s taking part in a sports session, teaching young people about healthy living or getting involved in charity projects. The Healthy Image Project is like a second family to me, I’ve had an immense amount of support through good times and bad, and for that I am extremely grateful. I’ve been inspired by this project and my peers to never give up, and I intend to take that forward and continue to make a difference in my community.”

Nominations for 2019 are now open so if you know an inspiring young person who deserves to be recognised, please visit the website: https://diana-award.org.uk/award/nomination-centre/

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