Children of Plymouth military personnel receive awards
CHILDREN of armed forces personnel have been presented with awards by the Royal Navy for their community spirit.
A presentation event was held at the Royal Navy's Crownhill Family Centre to celebrate the work of the young volunteers with the Naval Area Community Organisation Volunteer Project.
The youngsters help with activities run by the Naval Area Community Organisation, part of the Naval Personal and Family Service and Royal Marines Welfare.
During the event young volunteers were presented with certificates in first aid, food and hygiene, youth work and 'Plym' and 'V' accredited awards.
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The groups and activities rely on volunteer staff and many of the young volunteers who assist the Children and Young People's Project which specifically helps both civilian and military children and young people.
Dan Richmond, naval area community officer, said: "The on-going support of the young volunteers in supporting the staff and peers in the development of a curriculum of activities, and the generosity of the Royal British Legion and the Devon Community Foundation have made a huge difference to the young people attending the Naval Area Community Organisation projects."
The project gives young people a safe place to access advice and support, to have fun, try new things and to become involved with a variety of activities. This is especially important when their parents might be deployed overseas or away from home in the UK.
This year the overall adult and youngsters' volunteer project was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) which is the volunteer service equivalent of an MBE; each young volunteer therefore received a copy of the citation and a lapel badge which recognises this achievement.