Volunteering champs from Isle youth centre

Chelsea Croxall, Chloe Robinson and Olivia Horsefield of Epworth Youth Club were nominated by Jonathan Whittaker for the Volunteering Champion award. Picture: Andrew Kershaw

Chelsea Croxall, Chloe Robinson and Olivia Horsefield of Epworth Youth Club were nominated by Jonathan Whittaker for the Volunteering Champion award. Picture: Andrew Kershaw

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THREE teenagers have been recognised at the North Lincolnshire Children’s Trust Anti Bullying Celebration Event and Young Voice Awards.

Chelsea Croxall, of Epworth, and Olivia Horsefield, of Belton, received certificates of recognition after being nominated as Volunteering Champions.

Chloe Robinson, of Epworth, also received a certificate in the same category and she was also nominated for an Inspiration Award.

All three 14-year-olds attend South Axholme School and help out at at Epworth Youth Centre. They were nominated for the awards by the centre’s project worker Jonathon Whittaker.

He said: “They help staff deliver the junior sessions at the centre and have each racked up 60 hours over the last year or so.

“They sell sweets, cook for the kids and also help deliver a few craft activities.

“Chloe has some learning difficulties but she has built up her confidence and other people at school can look to her for inspiration which is why I nominated her for her award.”

This was the first time the Young Voice Awards have been staged and the event marked the end of the recent anti-bullying week.

There were 41 nominations across a range of categories and all three girls received their certificates at a recent ceremony held at Scunthorpe’s Plowright Theatre.

“We were trying to think of a way to say thank you to the children and this came up,” said Jonathon.

“They were worthy of being nominated. We have, on average, about 50 kids every Wednesday in the youth centre and without their help we would really struggle and we are so grateful.

“It shows how important the youth centre is and how much young people can get out of centre-based activities.”

The awards were organised by North Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Children’s Trust and the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Councillor Rob Waltham, NLC cabinet member for Adult and Children’s Services, said: “We received lots of nominations for the awards and it was a difficult decision choosing the winners as they were all very worthy young people that have shown courage, leadership and gone out of their way to help others.