Royal seal of approval

Helen Jarvis, participation and advocacy officer at North Tyneside Council, at Buckingham Palace.
Helen Jarvis, participation and advocacy officer at North Tyneside Council, at Buckingham Palace.

Work to support young people has received the Royal seal of approval.

Helen Jarvis, participation and advocacy officer at North Tyneside Council, represented the authority at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace.

At the event, the council was presented with a special plaque from the DofE charity, thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.

The Duke of Edinburgh, The Earl of Wessex and The Countess of Wessex congratulated those that were present.

Helen said: “The award is an incredibly rewarding scheme to be a part of and it’s fantastic to see how much success it is having in North Tyneside. Witnessing the growth of each individual taking part is great and I look forward to seeing the scheme continue to grow in our borough.”

Peter Westgarth, chief executive of the DofE Charity, said: “Through the DofE, North Tyneside Council is inspiring the success of its young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests.

“We are truly grateful to all of our Licensed Organisations for the work that they do, they are an integral part of the DofE family, and our Diamond Anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you.”

To celebrate its 60th year, the Charity has launched the DofE Diamond Challenge.

This one-off initiative allows people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge and earn their Diamond Pin.

For more on the DofE visit www.DofE.org or www.DofEDiamondChallenge.org