Shildon youngsters receive prestigious award

Shildon young person Lauren Costello was one of three local young people who were recently awarded the Pope John Paul II Gold Award.

The Pope John Paul II Award is for young people between the age of 16 and 18 and is earned by taking part in activities through parish involvement and social awareness.

Stephanie Callaghan who now lives in Crook, and Jordan Walton also of Shildon, worked alongside Lauren throughout 2015 and 2016 to attain the award.

Working within Saint John’s Church the three girls undertook work in the community in a variety of areas.

These included leading children’s groups, learning to bell ring and activities through Shildon Alive!

Alongside this they also took part in the services of the church including public reading, doing quizzes in the café church and leading intercessions.

Rev’d David said: “Giving young people the opportunity to volunteer in different contexts builds self-esteem and develops their own aspirations. The church really enjoyed hosting the girls and it is lovely to see them all continuing to explore ways of giving to the community as they move on with their lives”.

Lauren added: “Doing this improved my self-confidence and helped me to be more confident around others within church, my personal life and my school life.”


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