12th Jan 2018 - Alex gets recognition at the Diana Awards 2017
Alex Anderson was nominated by GAVO staff member Giselle Mansfield - Robinson for the amazing work he has been doing whilst volunteering and his contribution to the lives of others.
Giselle says 'Alex has a caring and compassionate nature and is known in his community for encouraging young people to reach their potential and caring for the elderly.
Alex has Asperger's syndrome and has faced some personal difficulties over the years and often had difficult behaviours. Volunteering has changed his life. His family believe that volunteering gave him new interests and improved his confidence and self-esteem.'
Giselle, Alex and his family were invited, to attend a sparkling awards ceremony supported by special guest presenters and performers where Alex received a personalised Diana Award Certificate.
A Diana Award holder upholds the values that Princess Diana governed her life by: compassion, kindness and service.
Young role models from around the world are honoured with this award for selflessly transforming the lives of others. They are going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change
Alex has been recognised for his hard work and dedication to helping others. He campaigns for disability awareness and is a passionate fundraiser, raising money for Ty Hafan, Saint David's and the Alzheimer's Society. Alex also currently volunteers with both the Air Cadets and Caerleon Festival Village.
He has achieved the prestigious GAVO 1000 hours of volunteering Award and received a Highly Commended Award for Young Volunteer of the Year 2017. He was presented with both these awards at a Volunteer Awards Ceremony in Newport.