Former Member of Youth Parliament, Sarah Mahmood, has been praised for her work improving the lives of young people in the borough by being awarded a Diana Award.
Sarah, aged 16, from Hollingworth Academy, impressed judges with her determined campaign work on issues that affect young people across the Rochdale borough through her work with Rochdale Youth Cabinet, supported by Rochdale Youth Service and Neeli Mosque.
'The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive'
Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, with the full support of her sons, The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.
Sarah was Rochdale's Member of Youth Parliament for 2017/18 and is an extremely active member of the Youth Cabinet. She takes a full and active role in the youth service and has attended a House of Commons debate, where she fought for mental health awareness and support, reform of GCSE re-sits and transport issues.
Sarah is particularly passionate about mental health and has secured funding for 2 additional mental health support workers in Rochdale.
She has successfully fundraised for important causes to her such as Springhill Hospice for end-of-life-care and has inspired Neeli Mosque, where she volunteers, to do the same.
'She is a great role model for young people'
Councillor Kieran Heakin, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "Sarah has done lots of amazing work with our youth service and she fully deserves the recognition this prestigious award gives her. She should be very proud of her hard work; she is a great role model for young people".
Sarah will now be invited to a ceremony at Leeds College of Music on Friday, 28 September 2018, to receive her award and to be presented with an invitation to Althorp House, Princess Diana's childhood home.
Sarah will now be eligible for the Legacy Award. All young people who are given the Diana Award from 2017-2019 are nominated in to the Legacy Award to celebrate the achievements of 20 outstanding young leaders, visionaries and role models from across the world, who have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise new generations to service their communities, as Princess Diana believed they could.
In 2017 Kentmere Academy's anti-bullying ambassadors were on the 2017 roll of honour for the Diana Award for their work on tackling bullying in school.