YOUNG volunteers who have spent months working hard to produce their own magazine received awards for their efforts in front of their friends and family.

The #iDare magazine initiative is organised by The Platform Project to teach teenagers skills that will help them in the world of work and boost their confidence.

Platform Project director Sadie Sharp said: “The team made me cry right at the end by presenting me with an engraved award to say thanks for launching the project.

"We have been successful in securing the £5k funding from the #iWill fund through Wiltshire Community Foundation to run the project again next year.

"We will be expanding it with a part-time member of staff who will be looking to take the project into schools to give more young people a voice on the issues that affect them."

Shirley Ludford gave out an award for the 105.5 Vote, which went to Szadia Laskowska for an article she wrote about bullying and mental health of a friend.

An award for Best Video went to Ellie Brown, Lucas Gleed and Jordan O’Brien for the video they made for Jordan to share his story about his disability, which was shown at the magazine's launch event.

Bravest Share went to Danielle Smith for writing about how she is managing her grief and mental health in the aftermath of her parents' deaths.

The award for Most Thought Provoking went to Katy Hobbs for the article she wrote on self-harming, and Chloe Butler for her Awesome Autism series.The participants' vote went to assistant editor Ellie Brown for “coming out of her shell and being a great leader".

Police Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, former mayor Coun Junab Ali, and philanthropist James Phipps attended the event.