Grant given to county’s youth team

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The county’s youth service has been awarded a grant of £15,000 by the education secretary for its ‘innovative work in character education’.

The Northumberland County Council service is one of only 27 schools and organisations in the country to receive the new award, which recognises the development of character traits including perseverance, resilience and grit in young people.

The most rewarding part of the work we do is seeing the impact it has on young people

Senior area youth worker Sharon Stirling

The awards were launched at the beginning of the year by the Department For Education.

The Northumberland Youth Service has developed a number of programmes in partnership with Cramlington Learning Village that develop confidence, responsibility and social skills.

Senior area youth worker, Sharon Stirling, said: “Our approach to our youth work is that one size doesn’t fit all.

“We start with a young person, a group of friends or a specific issue and create a project that will build character and improve confidence and the self worth of young people.

“The most rewarding part of the work we do is seeing the impact it has on young people.

“To see them grow and achieve is wonderful and to see their ideas and hard work come to fruition is inspiring.”

Examples of the work the service has undertaken include cookery classes to improve body image and self worth, and the safe-selfie campaign.