NCS graduate wins a Diana Award for her contribution to raising awareness of mental health and bullying

02 August 2018

St Albans National Citizen Service graduate, Amy de Castillo, won a prestigious Diana Award, for her efforts in making a positive change. The 17-year-old completed NCS with Hertfordshire County Council’s youth service, YC Hertfordshire, in Summer 2017.

The award, presented at the Barclays Centre in London, celebrated Amy’s efforts in raising awareness of mental health in young people. Amy also mentors younger students in her school, creating a system to ensure victims of bullying feel safe and supported.

She received her award after being nominated for her hard work within the NCS Regional Youth Board supporting with social action, fundraising and supporting her peers, all while dealing with her own mental health battles.

The Diana Award recognises young people making positive social change across the world, as part of Princess Diana’s legacy.

Amy has dedicated her time to helping many charities and campaigns, raising money and sharing her story to inspire other young people to speak up about mental health and break the stigma.

Amy said: ‪“Receiving this award today has proven that regardless of where you come from, you DO matter. The uncontrollable scenarios in life aren’t what define you. Your actions, your kindness, your compassion are what defines you and leaves a legacy so special behind. It’s being dedicated to change and believing in the power of tomorrow. I’m so honoured and thankful.” 

For more information about NCS with YC Hertfordshire visit our NCS pages.