UK Ministry of Justice

Royal seal of approval for Halton young people

Press Release   •   Nov 24, 2011 09:25 GMT

Young people from Halton and Warrington Youth Offending Team (HWYOT) were given the royal seal of approval for a project which restored an abandoned youth centre.

The young people were among a group of teenagers who were presented with two awards by HRH Princess Anne at a national awards ceremony in London.

The event celebrated the achievements of young people from across the country through the Catch 22 National Citizen Service (NCS) pilot.

More than 1,500 young people took part in the government project which gave them the chance to take part in activities during the summer holidays, while doing something positive for their local communities.

Young people from the YOT were recognised for their involvement in a project to restore the former Woodlands Play Centre in Runcorn and organise a community fun day.

Judges were so impressed with the young people’s efforts they awarded them top spot in the Best Social Action Project and Best Project Film categories.

HWYOT Head of Service Gareth Jones said: 'This exciting NCS pilot project enabled young people from across Halton to achieve ground breaking results.
'Further opportunities are opening up for them which confirms their achievements are sustainable. And the high level of support from across Halton enabled this NCS group to gain these two prestigious, national awards. 
'As always, young people from this borough were inspirational'.

Chair of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) Frances Done, who recently visited HWYOT said: 'Well done to the young people for setting such a great example.

'It’s great to see young people taking part in such worthwhile activities which are not only beneficial to the young people themselves but to their entire communities'.