Elysia leads by example

Elysia Loasby, aged 10 from Waterloo Primary School, has been selected from 100 applicants to be a National Anti-Bullying Ambassador Youth Board member.

Sarah Maciver, deputy headteacher said: “We are immensely proud of Elysia’s commitment, as chairperson of our school ambassadors, but also of her desire to further this role by sitting on the national youth board in order to help more children across the country.

“Elysia is the youngest person on the panel and is giving her own time to attend meetings in London, which is commendable.

“Our thanks also go to Elysia’s family who have and will be supporting her in this role. She is currently in the process of working with me to interview and select new members for our school team.”

Thirteen inspirational young people, aged from six-10 from different regions across England, have been selected to sit on the youth board.

The youth board will represent the views of thousands of schools and young people from across the UK, offering advice on anti-bullying policies and practises.

The Diana Award runs the Anti-Bullying Ambassador’s programme, a nationwide peer led initiative with 2,000 trained ambassadors in over 300 schools across the UK.

The Diana Award helps the ambassadors by holding training events, giving them inspiration, practical ideas and top tips.

Elysia said: “I am delighted to be part of the National Anti-Bullying Youth Board and I am looking forward to representing young peoples’ views about bullying and sharing good ideas.

“By being a board member, I feel I will definitely make a difference to the lives of other young people who have experienced bullying or have been a bully themselves.”

The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, as a legacy to her belief in the power of young people to change the world.

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