The Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Charlie Curtis presented Bronze, Silver and Gold awards to over 50 young people from five DofE groups at Thurrock Council’s annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Presentation Evening.
The groups included OAKs, Thurrock DofE Club, Grays Convent, Stanford Open DofE centre and Grays Drop-In.
The mayor said: “I am pleased to give out these awards. Year in year out, our young people in Thurrock have excelled through the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards.
“I encourage anyone who is interested in being a part of the DofE to do so as it is a worthy cause.”
The young people who got awards have completed over 1,300 hours of voluntary service to the community, both local and further afield over the last 12 months ranging from coaching various sports to altar serving and from teaching children to read to caring for the elderly.
Two comperes presented on the day and other young people also showcased their talents at Hassenbrook School, Hassenbrook Road, Stanford-le-Hope, where the event took place at the start of the year.
The council was presented with a new licence that allows them to deliver DofE for the next three years and also recognised some long service volunteers – some of which have over 35years service .