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Youngsters in the Newark area are being urged to join a scheme that encourages them to learn new skills, stretch their physical limits and help others.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards scheme was set up to provide young people with a way of broadening their horizons and trying new activities.

Participants work towards bronze, silver and gold awards.

To gain each they must complete a service, go on an expedition, learn a skill, and take part in a physical recreation.

The standards expected rise with each award and for the gold they also have to take part in a residential project.

The Newark Open Award Centre is looking for youngsters to take part.

There will be a meeting in the theatre at The Grove School, Balderton, on Thursday, at 7pm, for anyone interested.

The scheme is available for young people aged at least 14.

Registration will then take place at The Grove School at 7pm a week on Tuesday.

Those who sign up will have the choice to start training on January 29 or January 31.

Miss Hayley Britnell (22) became involved with the scheme when she attended the Grove.

Miss Britnell, of North End, Farndon, completed the gold award in a group with her brother, Mr William Britnell (20) who also attended the Grove.

They received their awards at St James’s Palace last year.

Her challenges included her work with the 6th Newark Sea Scouts, canoeing, pottery and helping at a Scout camp.

Miss Britnell, the Scout leader of 6th Newark Sea Scouts, said: “It’s learning to be part of a team, learning to lead a team and helping everyone else.

“You make friends with so many different people and you get the chance to do unbelievable things.”

Mr Britnell helps at the 6th Newark Sea Scouts. His challenges included helping with water sports, learning to drive, canoeing and working at a Cub jamboree.

Mr Nic Scott (25) of Bancroft Road, Newark, who attended The Newark High School, also gained gold.

His challenges included building a model aircraft, helping at the award centre, teaching computer skills to youngsters and taking up running.

“It’s a great way to meet new people and build on your current friendships.

“There is a great sense of pride in completing the tasks,” Mr Scott said.

“There will be times when things don’t go as planned but you learn to handle them, and you handle these with your friends.”

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