Award participants are on the increase
Two hundred and forty young people were honoured for completing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards at a special ceremony.
This year's celebration held at Ursuline High School in Wimbledon saw a record number of young people complete the scheme, up 20% on 2012.
At the event they spoke about their experiences including volunteering and visits to various places in the UK such as the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Snowdonia.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams attended and presented certificates to each participant.
He said: "It was great to hear of all the valuable experience our young people gained through the course, which will be helpful to them in their future." He is pictured below with Ursuline pupils.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a national scheme, which provides a rewarding personal development programme for young people aged 14 to 25 years old. Participants are given the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of leisure, learning and voluntary activities that are both challenging and enjoyable.
For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme in Merton visit www.merton.gov.uk/dofe or call Carol Curtis on 020 8274 5828.
April 19, 2013