North Lincolnshire and Brigg Town Councillor Rob Waltham is taking a lead in initiating a new scheme for young people that mirrors the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
The scheme, for youngsters aged between 11 and 14 years of age, is designed to encourage people to get involved in fun and challenging activities in their communities, and reward them for making positive use of their free time.
The award is flexible with activities tailored to meet the needs of the young people involved, progressing each year they take part and becoming more challenging.
The award is split into four activities: Let’s Help – helping a member of the community; Let’s Get Active – taking part in a physical activity; Let’s Learn – learning a skill and Let’s Explore – learning about navigation and exploring.
“We recognised there was a gap for young people under 14 years old, which is why we wanted to create a programme that would mirror the Duke of Edinburgh Award for this age group,” said Coun Waltham.
“Once young children are engaged in activities of a positive nature that they are being rewarded for and can see what they are achieving it will encourage them to want to continue and progress further.
“This award is a fantastic way of getting them prepared for moving onto the Duke of Edinburgh Award. It is also a fun and worthwhile way for young people to learn something new.”
The Young Mayor’s New Year Award aims to encourage personal and social development and each young person will be given a record booklet that gives ideas of what they can do for their own personally tailored programme.
To find out more about how to get started, visit the Youth Pursuits section of the North Lincolnshire Council website.