Adventurous youths from Barking and Dagenham receive volunteer awards

Volunteering teenagers received Duke of Edinburgh Awards for joining expeditions, teaching children boxing and learning new skills on Thursday.

The inspirational young people attend the Vibe youth club in Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, and Jo Richardson School in Gale Street, Dagenham.

Barking and Dagenham Mayor, Nirmal Singh Gill, presented the awards at a special ceremony at Barking Town Hall.

Winner Reece Byfield, 18, said: “When I volunteered to teach children boxing, I enjoyed the whole experience.

“I also gained aspirations for the future as I thoroughly enjoy teaching.”

Sajeda Kazemi, also 18, said: “Not only was the Duke of Edinburgh about doing expeditions and achieving something personally. I hope that these friendships are long lasting.”

The Department for Education awards launched in 1956 are recognised in 53 countries.