A Duke of Edinburgh Award Centre has opened up at Mawgan to help young people entering the programme.

Based at Mawgan Recreational Hall, it is staffed entirely by volunteers.

The awards scheme, which is open to young people aged between 14 and 24, is a qualification recognised by universities and employers as it boost skills.

The centre means that on the Lizard Peninsula youngsters can start their Duke of Edinburgh Award journey there or re-start and existing award.

Anyone interested can go along on Tuesday nights at 7pm to Mawgan Recreation Hall or get in touch via email thelizarddofe@gmail.com.

Adult volunteers are also welcome to go along, as those behind the centre have plenty of plans.

Anna Lyford, from the centre, said the first meeting was held on January 15 and was “extremely well attended.”

She said: “We met some new participants from the local area wanting to start their adventures, along with members of Lizard organisations offering their facilities and experiences to guide and support our young adventurers.

“We’d like to thank everyone who came for their enthusiasm and encouragement and look forward to getting out and exploring our natural environment with their expertise.”