STUDENTS at Coleg Gwent who made a film campaigning against disability hate crime, which was shown in Parliament, were given a national award.

The aim of the film was to raise awareness about the damage that negative language aimed at disabled people does.

The 15 students, who themselves have moderate to profound learning disabilities, filmed, performed and interviewed people for the documentary about language and disability made in partnership with the charity Mencap.

It was shown at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability to disability campaigner Lord Rix and shadow ministers.

People the students interviewed for the documentary included Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and broadcaster and disabled rights Activist Mik Scarlet.

They were given the Diana Award this month at a national award ceremony in London.

The Diana Awards are presented to inspirational or socially active young people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities.

The Crosskeys Campus students, aged from 16 to 25, were presented with the Active Campaigner award.

Supporting testimonials were given by Chris Evans MP for Islwyn, T? Hafan Children’s Hospice and Mencap.

Chris Evans MP for Islwyn, said: “Their fund-raising activities alone have helped to raise thousands of pounds for charities. They are excellent role models to all young people.”