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Youngsters set to receive Diana Award

A SCHEME that helps looked after children in Swansea find out more about life in university to inspire them, raise aspirations and increase confidence and self-esteem has won a Diana Award.

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The Diamond Project started out as a one-day taster session for older children but thanks to their enthusiasm and support from Swansea Council's looked after children's education team and Swansea University it has grown.

The young people now attend regular meetings and days out at the university.

They are also planning on extending it further so they can mentor younger children like themselves to seize opportunities they might have thought would never be within their grasp.

Cllr Jen Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "This is fantastic news and well deserved so I would like to congratulate all the young people involved in the Diamond Project as well as the team that supports them.

"Our Looked after Children have the same right to higher education as any other child and the team is passionate and committed to supporting our learners to aspire and achieve their very best potential.

"The young people involved are an inspiring example to others that significant adversities can be overcome with the right support and opportunities."

The Diana Award was established in 1999 by the British Government who wanted to continue Princess Diana's legacy by establishing a formal way to recognise young people who were going above and beyond the expected in their local communities.

The young people involved in the Diamond Project will now be invited to attend a ceremony in Cardiff to receive their award.

It is the second time they have been recognised for their work recently after winning  an award at Swansea Council's own High Five Awards last month.

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