Barnstaple girl honoured in county award ceremony
A BARNSTAPLE teenager has been recognised for the work she has done to improve community safety and help other young people in the town. Natasha Stringer, 17, was one of 30 young people from around the county honoured at the Devon Young People s Achieveme
A BARNSTAPLE teenager has been recognised for the work she has done to improve community safety and help other young people in the town.
Natasha Stringer, 17, was one of 30 young people from around the county honoured at the Devon Young People's Achievement Awards.
The annual awards, organised by Devon County Council and sponsored by Devon's Children's Trust, are held to celebrate the personal and collective achievements of young people.
Natasha, winner of the Community Safety Award, was selected from more than 100 nominations; she was commended for her work with young people's drug and alcohol help service Y-Smart.
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Nominee Louise Gray said Natasha had volunteered for Y-Smart for five years and had dedicated much of her time to helping other young people.
"Tasha has learned about substance abuse and passed this information on through going to festivals and events and education with young people," said Louise.
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"She has put 100 per cent into volunteering and has created educational tools for others to use; she has also organised and encouraged new volunteers within the service, is friendly and kind and helped others with their confidence when they have first joined the volunteering programme.
"Natasha has excelled and I feel she has given so much to her community by helping other young people; it is wonderful for her to be recognised for all the hard work she has done."
Chairman of Devon's Children's Trust Partnership, Mary Nisbett, said: "These annual awards are a wonderful way to recognise the efforts young people have made in their personal lives, their schools and clubs and their communities.
"Young people are often portrayed in a negative light, and the testimonies from the nominations show that so many of them have shown incredible strength, ambition, intelligence and selflessness in pursuing a goal or overcoming an obstacle."
Cllr Andrea Davis, who officially took up her post as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People's Health and Wellbeing on the day of the event, added: "It is really important that we recognise and honour children's achievements, and give them the rewards and incentives to aim high in all aspects of their lives, and these finalists really deserve this accolade.