WORK to put others in the frame to dispel myths on young people and anti-social behaviour has won a regional award.
The Participation Team in Hartlepool Borough Council’s Youth Support Service has won the Positive Images category in the PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) Awards at the Centre For Life in Newcastle.
The awards celebrate the contribution which youngsters make to their communities and challenge the widespread negative perceptions of young people.
The Participation Team is made up of adult youth workers and three different groups of young people. They are the Young Inspectors and Youth Advisory Team, UK Youth Parliament members and Hartlepool Grant Givers.
One of the main reasons for the team’s win was a promotional DVD which it created, highlighting the benefits of children, young people and adults working together on key decision-making opportunities in the town.
The 12-minute DVD looks at the Participation Team’s many achievements and includes a spoof chat-show scenario and some very entertaining storylines and acting performances, including one by Councillor Chris Simmons, Chair of the council’s Children’s Services Committee.
Andy Facchini, Participation Worker in the Youth Support Service, said: “The adults and young people in the Participation Team work so well together and we are all very proud to receive this recognition of the DVD and everything we have achieved over the year.”
The ceremony is hosted annually by the Truth About Youth Programme and run in partnership with the Regional Youth Work Unit – North East.
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