Praise for inspirational Corby teenagers

Jam in the Hood celebration night at Corby Cube
Jam in the Hood celebration night at Corby Cube

Young people from Corby were praised at a celebration and awards night to mark the end of another successful Jam in the Hood project.

Run by Groundworks Northamptonshire and the county police, it offers teenagers the chance to taking part in community projects, enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the force and develop communication and leadership skills, as well as building self-esteem and having fun.

The awards night was held at the Cube in Corby when the latest group to take part in the venture received awards and took the chance to tell family and friends what they had been up to with.

Jam in the Hood, run in Corby by Ann-Marie Lawson, youth programme manager of Groundworks Northamptonshire, Sgt Julie Mead and PCSO Alex Franklin, saw the young people who took part visiting the force headquarters in Northampton, making friends with elderly residents at Swan Gardens in the town and delivering thousands of crime prevention leaflets in Corby.

Anne-marie said: “Every one of the young people who have taken part inspire me and it has been a privilege to work with them.

“For 13 weeks they have been on a journey which has given them confidence.”

Sgt Mead said: “We believed in these young people and they have proved us right.”

Chief Supt Paul Fell, who attended the ceremony, added: “These young people have learned respect for others and themselves. The people who give up their time freely to take part and support the project really believe in it and I thank them sincerely.”

Chief executive of Corby Council Norman Stronach and Cllr Stan Heggs were also presented with awards and thanked for supporting Jam in the Hood.

Chief Supt Fell was presented with a cheque for £400 from the project for his son Andrew who is running in the London marathon to raise money for the blind and visually impaired.