Posted on 11th May 2015
Think Positive prize winner Georgia Crapper with Clowne Heritage High School Headteacher Richard Marlow
Two youngsters in Clowne and North East Derbyshire have been awarded for their contribution to their local community as part of the Think Positive scheme.
The scheme sees 'Think Positive' tickets being handed out to young people who have been recognised for good behaviour or making a positive contribution to their community.
The tickets can be given out by officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood teams, Derbyshire County Council Multi-Agency Team Officers, Extreme Wheels and Sporting Futures staff, Bolsover District Council's CAN Rangers and Housing Officers and Rykneld Homes.
The scheme is aimed at young people aged between eight and 17-years-old and has been jointly funded by Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership.
Clowne youngster, Georgia Crapper, was presented with a Think Positive certificate and a £20 shopping voucher after being nominated by District Youth Worker, Tony Patterson.
Georgia volunteered to help pick up litter and tidy the grounds of Linear Park in Clowne to help improve the area for the local community.
A young person from North East Derbyshire was also awarded with a certificate and shopping voucher after being recognised for turning around his behaviour in difficult and challenging circumstances.
Sergeant Paul Smith of the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership said: "It is a pleasure to congratulate both young people for making a positive difference in their community.
"The Think Positive initiative is all about recognising the contributions that many young people make on a daily basis but very often go unnoticed. This scheme is also about encouraging young people to engage in community activities and to spend their leisure time constructively."
Derbyshire County Council District Youth Worker Tony Patterson said: "I think this is a brilliant initiative. It is really important that young people's behaviour is recognised for the right reasons and in positive circumstances. Hopefully this will help to breakdown some of the more negative perceptions that can exist towards young people".
In total 26 youngsters were presented with certificates to recognise their positive contribution to their community. Examples of the nominations include young people helping to clear snow from roads and paths for elderly neighbours, volunteering at a youth project in Shirebrook, and a youngster assisting police by reporting an assault and passing on a description of the offenders.
To find out more about the scheme or to speak to your local policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.