Princess Diana honour for Youth Council

Published: Monday 17th July 17

One of the leading lights of the Wandsworth Youth Council, Alex Godfrey Strowbridge, has been given a prestigious Diana Award and named on the Diana Award Roll of Honour.

Alex was recognised for her dedication, hard work and enthusiasm for the Youth Council, which she chaired until recently. The youth council gives young people in the borough a voice on issues and decisions that affect them.

The Diana Award was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Roll of Honour celebrates outstanding young people from the UK and across the world who embody the Princess’s qualities of kindness, compassion and service.

Alex receiving her Young Person of the Year Award

Alex was nominated for her work helping Wandsworth’s young people influence key council, health and police decision-makers. She has been instrumental in spearheading work by the Youth Council in looking at mental health services for young people, and lobbying for change.

Alex organised the Youth Momentum 2 conference which brought young people together with a variety of decision makers, including health and mental health professionals. This led to the development of a mental health peer education programme for secondary schools and  new support services for young people.

She also ensured that members of the Youth Council sit on Wandsworth Council recruitment panels to make sure  the council continues to recognise and respond to young people’s concerns. Alex also helped to set up the first ever leadership team in the Youth Council, to give young people even more ownership of their work. 

Outside of the Youth Council, she is a girl guide, runs body image workshops to empower young women and volunteered to teach English at schools in Vietnam after successfully funddraising for an orphanage there.

Her recognition by the Diana Award follows on from her success in the 2016 Young Person of the Year Awards, when she won the Rotary Award for making a major contribution to the local community.

The council’s spokesman for education and children’s services Cllr Sarah McDermott said: “What a fantastic honour for one of our brightest, most promising young leaders. I know Alex has spearheaded the development of the Wandsworth Youth Council into a group that can bring about real change and that performs a valuable job helping the council, the police and the NHS hear young people’s voices.”

The Wandsworth Youth Council meets regularly and develops campaigns, feeds into council decision-making processes,liaises regularly with the police and runs the annual Wandsworth Takeover Challenge. The Wandsworth Youth Council and Youth Participation service is managed and run by The Participation People on behalf of Wandsworth Council.

Follow the Wandsworth Youth Council on twitter or Instagram at @wbcyouthcouncil. 

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