YOUNGSTERS have been rewarded for their dedication to voluntary work.

Ferryhill beat officer PC Chris Metcalf presented awards at The Ladder - two former council houses on the Lakes estate that were transformed by residents into a community centre.

It was opened by Prime Minister Tony Blair last year.

Aimee Rowland received the highest Millennium Award of Excellence for 200 hours volunteering in her community, including organising play activities for five to 11-year-olds.

Helping Other People Project awards for more than 50 hours of voluntary work went to Martin Gough, Michael Gash and Malcolm Simpson.

Graham Simpson, Daniel Hope, Danny Hall, Richard Gash, Alex Storey, Kyle Phillips, Michael Gash, Tom Atkins and Liam Dinneen received Senior Life Saver certificates from St John Ambulance.

Community development worker Sandy Dinney said: "The young people deserve recognition for their commitment. They all are valuable members of the Ladder team."