Pamela takes volunteer title
Charity hears Stories of Success
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