MAKING a difference to their community has paid off for four school pupils who have won an award.
The SkillForce Prince’s Award – launched by Prince William – invited young people to take part in a 24-hour challenge to make a significant contribution to their community.
As part of this Becky Frost and Freja Clarke, from Henry Cort Community College in Fareham, decided to help refurbish the North West Fareham Community Centre.
They are now among the first 10 students to receive the award.
Becky, 15, said: ‘I gained loads of confidence doing SkillForce and have made some really good mates.
‘I didn’t mind in the slightest giving up my weekend to give the community centre a make over.
‘Anyone can do Skillforce and they should.
‘I’d say it’s for the people who struggle with confidence.
‘Personally, I wanted to get over my fear of heights and be able to talk to people.
‘Sometimes you get less support as you get older in school, but with SkillForce I feel I have been given an opportunity.
‘The instructors are fun and very energetic.’
Freja, 15, added: ‘It has given me loads of confidence and at the end of it I also got qualifications that I couldn’t have achieved any other way.
‘The instructors are very friendly and really motivating.
‘When I leave school I’d like to join the army and having ex-military mentors has helped me to think about that more clearly.’
The two other students from this area chosen to receive the award were Robert Aslet, from Neville Lovett Community School in Fareham, and Charlotte Parsons, from Bay House School in Gosport.
They also worked on the community centre project.
Those that took part were judged against eight different criteria that looked at the choice of project, goal setting, and teamwork, problem-solving and demonstrating an outcome to their community.
Principal at Henry Cort Phil Munday said: ‘We are delighted with the SkillForce programme and all the students involved have done well.
‘We assist every student in achieving their potential, whatever their background or ability.’
The students will receive their awards at a ceremony in October.
Everyone taking part has the opportunity to gain a certificate in community volunteering, with the most outstanding students being selected to receive the award.