AS the stars of Hollywood lined up recently to collect their academy awards - an alternative Oscars' Ceremony took place at South Lakes Foyer off Blackhall Road in Kendal.

Impact Housing hosted their second annual celebration event where awards were given to young people for: community involvement, best resident organised event, best suggestion and an outstanding achievement award.

Jo Scarlett, service manager, said: “It was so inspiring to be involved in the event and relive all the amazing achievements that young people have made over the last 12 months.

“Events such as this are vital in empowering young people, enhancing self-esteem and developing aspirations – all of which is key to moving on to independent living, the ultimate goal of our foyer service.”

Oscar statuettes were presented by Diana Matthews, High Sheriff of Cumbria; Mike Muir chief executive of Impact Housing and Simon Thomas, of the Staff of Life bakery in Kendal.

Mr Thomas visited South Lakes Foyer before Christmas and inspired young residents to make ‘real bread’.

He was welcomed back to the ceremony to present the outstanding achievement award.