Three Uckfield students were among a group of young people receiving Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards at a ceremony last week.
Lottie Logan, Eleanor Watson and Luke Dunne were accompanied at the presentation by their leaders Allan Strong and Keetje Steel and can be seen in our picture.
The annual awards ceremony was held in Crowborough with presentations made by Jonica Fox, vice chair of Wealden District Council.
Also there were other young people from Chailey, Ringmer, Heathfield and Lewes.
All had completed their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award which involved taking part in a range of activities including volunteering, skills, expeditions and physical accomplishments.
Cllr Meg Stroude, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for children and families, attended the event and said: “These awards mark the culmination of the commitment and skills these dedicated young people have demonstrated over the past year. I cannot praise them highly enough – they should be very proud.”
Keetje Steel, assistant leader of the Uckfield group, which is based at Uckfield Community Technology College, said 32 teenagers were currently involved in the award scheme there, 19 working towards bronze, five towards silver and eight towards gold.
Allan and Keetje have been leading the programme in Uckfield for the past four years and have been involved as Leaders in East Sussex for ten years.
Strong ties are formed in award groups. “We are still in contact with many of the ‘old, old golds’, as we call them”, Keetje said. “They are spread out all over the country and around the planet now but they meet up with us when they come home.
“Many of our Gold Award holders go on to gain expedition-related qualifications and have then found the time to come back and work alongside us as young leaders. This shows how their journey can continue, from starting at bronze to becoming a leader in their own right.”