Dorset teenager wins Diana Award

Dorset teenager wins Diana Award

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:07am 2nd September 2019.

She was named Wessex FM's young person of the year and now she's won a national award.

Dorset teenager, Hanna Baxter has received a Diana Award in recognition for her work with young people.

The Diana Awards are presented to young people between ages 9 and 25 who create social change, in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

18-year-old Hanna who has been through the care system, now dedicates her time to helping other young people in the same position.


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Photo: L-R - Sue Thomas - Deputy Lord Lieutenant for South Glamorgan - representing the Queen, Hanna Baxter, Luke Rees

Hanna said:

"I am thrilled to be a Diana Award holder.

"I hope that this inspires even more young people to step up and have their voice heard about things that are important to them."

"Thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve so much!"

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Hanna Baxter at the Wessex FM Local Hero Awards, 2019

Hanna has helped facilitate programs for teachers, social workers and potential foster carers, as well as providing information and advice for young people in care.

She was nominated by the Participation People, an organisation that delivers youth engagement programs in partnership with Dorset Council.

Ann Haigh, Youth Voice and Insight Officer at Participation People said:

"Hanna has been a star."

"She is passionate about young people in care having a voice and being heard and gives up a lot of her own time to train and inspire decision makers."

"We're delighted her hard work has been recognised."

Cllr Andrew Parry said:

"Hanna is a role model for young people in care and the professionals supporting them."

"Her contribution to the delivery and improvement of the service in invaluable and we are very grateful for her ongoing involvement and support."

"She is making a real difference to the lives of children in care."