Sixth form students at Thornbury's Castle School have been recognised for their volunteering achievements.

An award ceremony was held to honour those who took part in the school's volunteering programme Castle in the Community.

Students spent 8 months as peer mentors and volunteering in various places around the town.

They were presented with certificates by Sarah Ockenden, head of the sixth form, who said the school were immensely proud of their achievements and that they had all made a difference to the lives of other people. Kevin Simpson of Thornbury Lions Club was also in attendance as the group had sponsored the ceremony.

Kim Webb, development co-ordinator for Thornbury Volunteer Centre said: “The benefits to students and organisations are immense. The students gain valuable work experience and life skills and the organisations increase capacity and gain additional help.”

To get involved in next year's scheme contact Kim on 01454 413392 or