Students from schools and colleges across Redbridge have received awards in recognition of their contributions to their communities.

In total, 157 youngsters were honoured at the virtual Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards.

The event celebrated winners aged between 11 and 25, with recipients given medallions and framed certificates from the foundation, along with a £250 grant for them to spend to benefit their school or youth group.

In addition, six adults were given Leader Awards for demonstrating outstanding ability to motivate young people. They each received a medallion and a framed certificate.

Among those honoured was Jasdeep Panum from The Palmer Academy.

The 17-year-old is a member of the Ilford Citizens group and has taken part in a training course to become a young leader. Through this, she has developed her skills, teamwork and skills in voicing her opinion and supporting others.

She said: "I enjoy being a part of Ilford Citizens as it gave me an opportunity to build my own confidence whilst giving back to the community. Working with other young people on a project outside of my A-levels allowed me to connect and filled me with a sense of accomplishment."

James Datson, Jack Petchey co-ordinator at The Palmer Academy, said: "Jasdeep is always willing to help others, but yet still manages to keep up with her A-level studies."

Award winner Jasdeep decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on an extra year 13 prom food stall and stationary equipment.

Others recognised in Redbridge were Areeb Mahmood, 16, also of The Palmer Academy, who is leader for the academy in the Redbridge Citizens group.

Emma King, 15, from Caterham High School was recognised for her professionalism and leadership skills helping at a Panathlon event for young students in the Redbridge community with disabilities, while Mary Lavalie, 13, from The Ursuline Academy Ilford has been helping her friend Brittney recover from an accident.

Councillor Zulfiqar Hussain, mayor of Redbridge, gave a speech at the digital event, saying: "The hard work and determination the award winners have shown to achieve this award is a credit to them, the school and the borough and we are proud of all of them."