At-risk youth work re­warded

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

COTTES­LOE doc­tor Ciara Sta­ple­ton has been named the WA Youth Vol­un­teer of the Year, for her work with at-risk youth, at the 2016 WA Vol­un­teer Awards.

The 28-year-old, who is also the pres­i­dent of Lead­ing Youth For­ward (LYF), was recog­nised for more than 12 years of work­ing with dis­ad­van­taged youth across WA.

She said it was a great hon­our to win the award.

“It was a sur­prise, but it was nice to be recog­nised, and nice for LYF to be ac­knowl­edged, and to shine the light on at-risk chil­dren,” she said.

Perth-based char­ity LYF pro­vides one-on-one men­tor­ing and sup­port with youth who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing emo­tional, so­cial or fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was named a fi­nal­ist at the awards in the 2016 Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year cat­e­gory.

Dr Sta­ple­ton said vol­un­teer­ing had been a big part of her life and some­thing that gave her a lot of en­joy­ment.

“You form friend­ships with peo­ple from all walks of life, who you wouldn’t usu­ally meet,” she said.

“I would re­ally en­cour­age peo­ple who are con­sid­er­ing vol­un­teer­ing to try it, I don’t think they will re­gret it.”

WA Youth Vol­un­teer of the Year Ciara Sta­ple­ton.

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