Cash for awards sessions

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CASH has been pledged to help youngsters gain life experience before heading into the world of work.

Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) is covering the cost so a group of young people from Framwellgate and Newton Hall areas of the city can take part in The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The partnership has donated £5,000, with councillors Amanda Hopgood, Mamie Simmons and Mark Wilkes contributing £1,156 each.

The award gives young people the chance to demonstrate commitment, teamwork and many other skills helpful in future employment. The funding will pay for equipment required to set up the group and will help to provide this service in future years.

Ashleigh Downey, youth worker with Durham City Centre Youth Project, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a widely recognised award, sought after by both employers and higher education establishments.”

Anyone interested in attending can call Ashleigh on 383 2819, or email

The sessions are on Mondays between 6pm and 8pm at Newton Hall Community Centre.