Two Derbyshire youngsters recognised for their contribution to the community

Reece Wardle receives a Think Positive certificate from Peter Campbell, Joint Assistance Director of Community Safety and Housing, and Sergeant Paul Smith.
Reece Wardle receives a Think Positive certificate from Peter Campbell, Joint Assistance Director of Community Safety and Housing, and Sergeant Paul Smith.

Two Derbyshire youngsters have been rewarded for their contribution to the community as part of the Think Positive scheme.

The scheme sees Think Positive tickets being handed out to young people aged between eight and 17, who have been recognised for good behaviour or making a positive contribution to their community.

Tickets can be given out by officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood teams, Derbyshire County Council Multi-Agency Team Officers, Extreme Wheels and Sporting Futures staff, Bolsover District Council’s CAN Rangers and Housing Officers, and Rykneld Homes.

The first draw took place earlier this month which saw Reece Wardle from Duckmanton and Abigail Lawson from Shirebrook being awarded prizes for their work in the community.

Ten-year-old Abigail was presented with a Think Positive certificate and a £20 shopping voucher after she rescued a lost dog in Shirebrook. Abigail kept the dog safe and away from the roads whilst she looked for its owner.

And Reece Wardle, also ten, witnessed criminal damage taking place and reported it to police. This allowed officers to bring the case to a successful close.

He was awarded a £20 gift card and a Think Positive Certificate of Merit.

Sergeant Paul Smith, of the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnerships, said: “It is a pleasure to congratulate both Reece and Abigail for their excellent positive contributions and conduct in making their communities safer and more pleasant places to live.

“The Think Positive initiative is all about recognising the positive contributions that many young people make to their local communities on a daily basis but very often go unnoticed.”