three young people who have given up their time to help others have had their efforts recognised at a civic reception.
Steven Godwin, Laura Harrison and Elisha Newell were invited to South Shields Town Hall after completing their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards.
The reception followed a five-day residential course at an outdoor centre and a National Trust site.
They have also completed a range of volunteer activities, including helping at youth groups, working as pool lifeguards and taking part in dog-training sessions.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, presented them with their awards.
He said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Award gives young people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop skills for life and forge lasting friendships.
“It takes a great deal of commitment to complete the gold award, but the unique experiences and valuable skills they have learned, mean these young people can look forward to a very bright future.”