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PUBLISHED: 14:40 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 23 August 2010

HONOURED: Lord Lieutenant of Kent Alan Willet with, from left, Youth Befrienders

HONOURED: Lord Lieutenant of Kent Alan Willet with, from left, Youth Befrienders

A GROUP which helps vulnerable youths has been given a prestigious award by the Queen s representative for the county. The 1-2-1 Youth Befriending organisation was presented with the honour by Lord Lieutenant of Kent Alan Willett at Bradbourne School for

A GROUP which helps vulnerable youths has been given a prestigious award by the Queen's representative for the county.

The 1-2-1 Youth Befriending organisation was presented with the honour by Lord Lieutenant of Kent Alan Willett at Bradbourne School for Girls, in Sevenoaks.

Volunteers from the group offer emotional support to fellow teenagers who are having a hard time. The group is one of only two in the county to have been given The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service this year.

Speaking last Tuesday, the Lord Lieutenant said: "As a registered charity helping youngsters from the age of six to 18 who find themselves isolated, excluded, living on the fringes of society or caring for a relative, the work 1-2-1 does is truly exceptional. I especially value the wonderful work in supporting and encouraging young people to believe in themselves, and to make the most of their lives.

"This prestigious national award recognises the dedication and effort of public-spirited people who contribute so much."

For more information on the charity, visit www.youthbefriending.

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