A SOUTH Petherton teenager was awarded for his work in the community at a ceremony in Glastonbury last week.

Adam Dance, 15, was named the district winner in the young people's category for the Somerset County Council awards, aimed to thank people for their work and dedication in the community.

Adam was awarded for his commitment to South Petherton Youth Centre, where he plays a vital role in welcoming and involving new members and is a representative on the Youth Club Management Committee.

The work of Chard and Tatworth First Responders was also recognised, being awarded a group award, with Jackie Priddle recognised as the overall district winner for her work with Shepton Youth Group.

Cllr Alan Gloak, Somerset County Council chairman, said: "The service these exceptional people provide to their community is invaluable. "The awards are an opportunity for Somerset County Council and the rest of the community to say thank you to all the people who work so hard to support their local community.

"Everyone who has been nominated are winners and should feel really proud of the fantastic job they are doing."

Cllr David Busby, who sat on the judging panel, said: "Choosing a unique winner was a very hard task, the panel was overwhelmed by the high level of dedication illustrated by all the nominations. Somerset County Council feel it is important to recognise and thank all the people who help support people in their community and ensure they are better and safer places for people to live."