THE work of a dedicated group of inspiring young people was celebrated at an awards evening.

The Bright Sparks Project is a group of young people with disabilities who check out shops and services across Halton as mystery shoppers.

They assess the facilities and recommend places they find accessible.

The Mayor of Halton, Cllr Shaun Osborne commended them on their work and commitment.

He presented them with awards and a kitemark as a symbol of excellence.

Bright Sparks Project worker, Tina Taylor said:"The whole evening was a chance to celebrate the success of the project and to thank the young people involved for volunteering their time to make Halton's retail businesses more welcoming and accessible for all."

Guests at the ceremony at CRMZ in Widnes included Halton Council chief executive David Parr, retail managers and family and friends of the young people.

The event was organised by Halton Speakout, a self advocacy group which gives a voice for young people with disability.

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