Youngsters rewarded

Dale Rayner and Bethany Acton
Dale Rayner and Bethany Acton
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A DRAGON’S Den style event held to fund projects for young people has helped two Blackpool teenagers win a national award.

Dale Rayner and Bethany Acton have been recognised for their work with Blackpool Young People’s Council (BYPC).

The Blackpool Sixth Form students collected a Highly Commended award at the Children and Young People Now ceremony in London.

Their work in setting up youth centre The Oracle and in organising Big Ideas, the Dragon’s Den event, impressed judges.

The duo were just one of two youth groups commended, making them even prouder of their achievements.

Bethany, 16, from Layton, told The Gazette: “It’s great to be able to make a change and provide a voice for young people.”

Bethany has been a member of the group for four years, rising through the ranks to become chairman. Dale, 17, also from Layton, is treasurer, studying BTEC Level 3 Diploma in travel and tourism, along with AS Business Studies and a certificate in finance to gain practical and academic skills.

He added: “It was great to find out what is happening around the country in terms of youth work.”

The pair have met with politicians from Blackpool to discuss youth issues and to help risk assess a range of services which impact on young people.

Bethany is now studying health and social care and ICT in pursuit of a career in youth work.

She added: “I’ve really developed my confidence and leadership skills. I used to be quite shy but now I’m very used to speaking up and giving my views.”