A teenage duo have been rewarded for their community spirit after their worked to create a communal garden area on their estate.
Wellingborough Homes gave awards to 17-year-old Levi Allen and 14-year-old Megan Hunt in recognition of their work to create a garden at the Queensway Estate, Wellingborough.
They were among the list of good neighbours who were honoured at an awards ceremony, hosted by Wellingborough Homes, to celebrate those who help boost community spirit.
Tenants who go the extra mile to help others and improve their neighbourhood received a Community Hero award at the presentation event.
Levi said: “We just wanted to do something a bit different and do something that would be good for young people in the area. I was surprised, but pleased, to get the award.”
Megan and Levi have also previously been involved with the housing association’s youth panel, set up to help tackle issues in their community.
Sixteen people received awards and another 12 members of Wellingborough Homes’ Tenant Advisory Panel – which monitors services and gives resident feedback – were presented with certificates of appreciation for their work and commitment.
A total of 35 Wellingborough Homes tenants and staff attended the event – now in its fifth year – at The Castle theatre in the town.
Cathy Mulholland, who received a community hero award, said: I was very pleased to be recognised. It’s nice to know that someone appreciates you. It gives you a bit more of an initiative to carry on.
“The awards event was really nice and it was good to see all of the other winners.”
She added: “I think it’s good that the teenagers, Levi and Megan, get involved. Personally I think it means a lot more because they are the next generation and I would like to see more teenagers getting involved in community work.”
Tony Young, along with four other volunteers, was recognised for his work in maintaining and planting gardens at Hollowell Court, including growing vegetables for tenants.
He said: “It was lovely to get the award – it is always nice to know that what you do is appreciated.”
Elly Simms, community manager at Wellingborough Homes, said: “The awards are our way of saying thank you to the people who make such a difference in our communities. They help build community spirit and, by their actions, encourage others to play an active part in their neighbourhoods.”