17 young people from across NI were publicly honoured with The Diana Award for going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change. Among the Awardees were two students from St Dominic’s, Cliona Deeds and Aife Gough: -
Cliona is a committed volunteer and an enthusiastic advocate for youth volunteering. She has taken on strong leadership roles with a number of youth organisations, including An Droichead, National Citizen Service and Belfast YMCA’s Into Leadership and Youth in Government programmes. Through her work she has supported young people on several residentials and has spoken out about young people’s issues at Stormont and on youth panels. She has completed her Millennium Volunteer 100 hour award and has become a role model for other young people, encouraging them to get involved in volunteering and to have a voice within society.
Aifa is a committed volunteer, dedicating hundreds of hours to designing and leading support programmes for vulnerable children with social, mental, emotional and/or physical needs. She is a peer mentor on ‘Kids Together’, bringing together able bodied children with disabled children, and has contributed to an 8 week youth led programme with Never Underestimate Teen Spirit (NUTS) working with disaffected young teens in West Belfast. In her role as an #iwill Youth Ambassador, Aifa actively encourages her peers to volunteer their time and speaks passionately about the need to break down barriers, believing that no child should be excluded or left behind in her pursuit of social inclusion for all.
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