Bernie Helps Police Charity
Last summer the Corby Jam Team launched the Jammed In shop project in Corby town centre, which involved young people running their own business as part of the New Horizon scheme.
Bernie was one of a number of young people who ran and managed their charity shop business for six weeks over the summer holiday period. Points were awarded for different tasks with those earning the most points awarded the prize of choosing a charity to donate the profits to.
More than £1,000 was raised from the project and the money was split between two winners to donate to a charity of their choice. Bernie was one of the winning individuals and chose to donate the money to the Northamptonshire Police Orphans Fund.
She attended Force Headquarters where she was given a tour and presented the Assistant Chief Constable, Martin Jelley with a cheque for £500.
Bernie said: "Being part of the project and working in the Jammed In shop was one of the best experiences of my life. Giving up my time during the summer holidays meant that I was never bored as I always had something to keep my mind stimulated.
"I would recommend for every young person to get involved in volunteering within your local community."
Sergeant Julie Mead from the Corby Safer Community Team for Northamptonshire Police said: "The project was a huge success and gave young people a chance to run a business, from fitting out the shop, to stock control, organising staff and to the financial aspects of running a business.
"This particular project is part of a wider initiative and is a great example of partnership working to address issues that members of our local communities have as a concern.
"Since the launch of the Jam Team, there have been great improvements in local people's perception towards young people and anti-social behaviour."
The award-winning Jam Team was set up by Sergeant Julie Mead of Northamptonshire Police and Youth Programme Manager, Ann-Marie Lawson of Groundwork Northamptonshire in partnership with Corby Borough Council.