A TEENAGER from Eastwood has won an award for giving talks in schools about her personal experience of being homeless.
Emma Beresford won the children and young persons category in the annual Broxtowe Partnership Award along with four other teenagers that she has been working with.
They were presented with the award by Broxtowe Borough Council’s deputy Mayor Jackie Williams.
The group signed up to a course run by Broxtowe Youth Homelessness last year to enable them to give talks in schools and help others to avoid falling into similar situations.
Some of the teenagers have given up to 40 talks to share their own knowledge while boosting their own career prospects by improving their confidence.
Staff at the centre said the homeless prevention programme enabled the youngsters to build their self-esteem, learn new skills and get a recognised qualification to help further their education or employment.
The ‘peer educators’ were put forward for the award by bosses at Broxtowe Youth Homelessness.
One of the workers, Dawn May, said: “We were delighted for them. It’s a real boost for them.”
The other teenagers, all from the Broxtowe borough, are Sadie Adams, Christine Richardson, Fraser McNally and Emma Waywell.
Ms May added: “Their contribution in the classroom is invaluable. Young people about to leave school are well informed about the causes of youth homelessness and the risks involved with leaving home at a young age.”