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Hastings Mayor Cllr Judy Rogers and Cllr Dawn Poole with volunteers at the Young Volunteers Award Ceremony awards held at the Stade Hall. SUS-161025-143440001

Hastings Mayor Cllr Judy Rogers and Cllr Dawn Poole with volunteers at the Young Volunteers Award Ceremony awards held at the Stade Hall. SUS-161025-143440001

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Some of the areas youngest volunteers have been recognised for their hard work and dedication at an awards ceremony held at the Stade Hall, Hastings.

The event, held last Monday (October 24), saw fifty young people receive awards for their volunteering contributions to the local community

Joining forces at the ceremony, which was hosted by Hastings Borough Council (HBC), were Play Hastings, StreetGames, In2Play, Hastings Military preparation college and the Youth Council.

Hastings Mayor, Cllr Judy Rogers and Cllr Dawn Poole, HBC’s lead member for leisure, thanked the volunteers for the time they have given to help at Playdays in the Park and numerous other community events and play sessions over the past year. Cllr Poole said: “Without the help and commitment from young volunteers it would be very difficult to run the many events we do so successfully. Their help and constant enthusiasm is invaluable so it’s very important that we recognise all the work they do. We have seen many young people grow in confidence while volunteering; some are currently taking courses and have completed training days under the guidance of our Play Hastings and Street Games teams which will give them useful qualifications for the future. Some have become active in the Youth Council. All this helps to improve self-esteem and creates great role models for other young people in Hastings.”

For information about how to become a volunteer in play or sport email: lbeerling@hastings.gov.uk