Local young people took their chance to shine at a recent awards ceremony, picking up their Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Held at the Floral Hall in Southport, over 1,400 young people, parents and carers watched as nearly 600 young people were presented with their awards. This represented a 10% overall increase in those achieving their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, with a 187% increase among those young people in the south of the borough.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been delivered by Sefton Council’s Youth Team in local schools and the wider community for 15 years.

The programme challenges young people to take on a wide variety of adventures, activities and tasks, raising their self-esteem by recognising their achievements.

Robert Hancock, youth worker and event manager for the ceremony, said:

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme is very much a highlight of the work we do in the Youth Team and for the past 15yrs the ethos of our team has very much mirrored that of the programme. Whether it be volunteering or taking part in expeditions, the young people become real problem solvers and team players over the course of their awards, finding out amazing things within themselves they never knew they could do. It has been an immense pleasure to see them grow as members of our communities and be recognised at the awards ceremony.”

For more information, contact Sefton Youth Service on 0151 934 4898 or by email: Youth.Service@sefton.gov.uk


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