Pamela takes vol­un­teer ti­tle

Char­ity hears Sto­ries of Suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A vol­un­teer at a Spring­hall youth group has picked up the top prize at her or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual Sto­ries of Suc­cess event.

Pamela Young was named Vol­un­teer of the Year by Re­gen: fx Youth Trust, the char­ity who aim to tackle youth dis­or­der and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour through di­ver­sion­ary projects.

The 25-year-old’s award was the high­light of the event, which was held last week in Hamil­ton’s Coun­cil HQ for the eighth time.

Those in at­ten­dance heard that Pamela had de­voted a re­mark­able amount of time to the young peo­ple of Spring­hall while pur­su­ing her dream of be­com­ing a teacher.

It proved to be a night of cel­e­bra­tion for young­sters across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, who were well rep­re­sented at the event.

The evening started with a flash mob per­form­ing to the Mark Ron­son/ Bruno Mars hit, Up­town Funk, which was de­vised and chore­ographed by the Spring­hall Youth Pro­ject.

Af­ter a per­for­mance by High Blan­tyre’s Hy­per Cy­ber band, it was the turn of young peo­ple and vol­un­teers to be recog­nised.

Video pre­sen­ta­tions high­lighted the work of Rad­worx and The Street Pro­ject through­out the year and vol­un­teers from across South La­nark­shire re­ceived their cer­tifi­cates for com­plet­ing Ba­sic and Ad­vanced Youth Work Train­ing cour­ses.

Young peo­ple from Burn­hill Youth Pro­ject also re­ceived their Dy­namic Youth Awards, while Fern­hill Youth Pro­ject got cer­tifi­cates in recog­ni­tion of their time spent at Locker­bie Manor.

Per­haps the most im­por­tant part of the evening was the elec­tion of the new Youth Board.

For­mer chair­per­son Dy­lan Crooks told the au­di­ence of young peo­ple and guests of his jour­ney travers­ing the var­i­ous projects and pro­grammes Re­gen:fx of­fers, be­fore chair­ing the board and even­tu­ally gain­ing full­time em­ploy­ment with First Di­rect bank, fol­low­ing a place­ment with the Princes Trust Get Into pro­gramme.

This was fol­lowed by an emo­tional tes­ti­mo­nial from vol­un­teer An­n­marie Wy­ness who worked with him dur­ing his time in the Youth Work Train­ing Academy and is happy to be do­ing so once again, fill­ing what spare time she has when not sup­port­ing South La­nark­shire’s young peo­ple man­ag­ing First Di­rect in Scot­land.

All smiles Vol­un­teers from across South La­nark­shire re­ceived their cer­tifi­cates for com­plet­ing Ba­sic and Ad­vanced Youth Work Train­ing cour­ses

Let’s dance Coun­cil­lor Davie McLach­lan watches the flash­mob

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