Merton student and SHINE volunteer Mia Ciano wins the Diana Award

To celebrate Princess Diana’s Birthday this 20th Anniversary year, The Diana Award released their Roll of Honour for 2017.  The names of over 750 outstanding young people, from across the UK and the world, were announced last week.  These exceptional young people embody Princess Diana’s qualities of kindness, compassion and service.

Merton is very proud as one of our own students and, a very young volunteer, just won the Award.

Mia Ciano is not an ordinary 13 year old. She is one of the youngest volunteers in Merton and has trained as a Peer Mentor as soon as she graduated Shine Saturday School in 2016. She is a true Shine ambassador and spends six hours a week offering younger children academic support and guidance. Mia also volunteers on a number of Community Events as a steward and has supported the Shine project in a number of publicity campaigns by giving speeches and promoting the work that we do. Mia loves the opportunity to give back, spending over 300 hours of volunteering per year and offering study support to over 120 of the most disadvantaged pupils in Mitcham Town. As part of her award, Mia will visit Althorp this Summer.

Kristina Burton SHINE Merton Project Manager said: ‘We are very proud of Mia’s achievements! I hope that her Award will inspire many young people to follow her steps and help out in the community.’