Corby youth work team gets Royal seal of approval

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An award-winning scheme which forges links between young people and the police to cut anti-social behaviour has received another accolade.

The Jam Team, which runs projects throughout the county, has been given a prestigious award by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

The award for police-led youth diversion was presented by Princess Anne at a ceremony in London.

More than 100 projects entered for the award, 40 were shortlisted and the Jam Team received the runners-up trophy.

The judging panel was made up of members of the board for the Howard League, with youth advisors making the final decisions.

The team was launched in Corby by Ann-Marie Lawson and Sgt Julie Mead to address anti-social behaviour and encourage young people to think about the consequences of their actions.

It won a Home Office award and been praised by politicians and senior police officers.

Ann-marie, youth programme manager of Groundworks Northamptonshire, who last year won the National Youth Agency Awards, said: “It was a great honour to receive the award.

“There were young people on the judging panel and, as we are a young people-led project, receiving the award meant even more to us. We all had a fantastic day.”