Tuesday 25th November 2008 by C. Freeman
Year 11 student Deromi Jessiman has been nominated for a community spirit award. Deromi helped to set up the Hazel Leys youth group earlier this year and attends every week, assisting with activities and outings.
It is the first year that the Positive Activities Group has handed out awards and it is expected that up to 200 people will attend the inaugural ceremony which will be held at the Hotel Elizabeth.
Positive Activities Group is a mult-agency initiative where the local council, police, sports providers and others associated with youth join up to celebrate children's achievements.
Julie Cardwell from Corby Borough Council said: 'This is the first year that we have run the PAG Awards which are about celebrating young people's achievements in the Borough. The group's website will be launched at the Awards night so that young people will be able to access more information about the groups and activities that are available to them.'
A total of 19 young people have been nominated for awards in nine categories including Community Spirit, Community Sport, Heroes of Corby, Expressive Arts, Green Award, Group Achievement and Healthy Lifestyle.
Deromi said: 'I still don't know who nominated me for this award, the letter inviting me to the presentation came completely out of the blue. It started up about eight months ago and I was involved in setting it up and have been volunteering as well. I do football, dodgeball tournaments, arts and crafts and we do trips as well. We take them to the Frontier Centre, rock climbing, that kind of thing. It takes two hours a week for the actual club but then more for the organisation. I enjoy it, it's brilliant.'
All the young people nominated will receive a certificate of recognition for their work while the winners will get a trophy and prizes.