Charmer Jack wins top award
Teen volunteer honoured
A teenager who has helped create “a brighter future for Springhall”has been rewarded for his volunteering efforts.
Jack McGinty has been named the ‘most charismatic’ Our Place community connector at Healthy n Happy Community Development.
This is a role which sees the teen contribute to initiatives that improve the lives of people of all ages living in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
A volunteer for the past five years, Jack has run discos for children in Springhall, helped out at youth clubs and spent time with pensioners at sheltered housing complexes in a bid to reduce isolation amongst older people in the community. The 14-year-old, who hails from Springhall, has also delivered entertainment and activities to people with additional support needs in Fernhill.
Jack said: “I really love doing these kind of activities and they enjoy it too.
“I have so many friends, young and old, doing these activities and I would like to carry on doing it until I am 18.
“Ultimately I want to be a redcoat at Butlins.”
Jan Taylor, transforming communities team leader of Healthy n Happy, heaped praise on Jack and said: “Jack is actively involved in many activities that aim to improve his local area.
“Keen to share ideas and opinions from a youth perspective, Jack quickly grew into being a key volunteer in the area, helping to deliver on these priorities by becoming an Our Place Community Connector.
“He has committed time and energy into making the areas of Springhall and beyond better places to live.
“We awarded Jack the Most Charismatic Connector Award at our annual volunteer celebration because of his friendly, outgoing nature.
“The future is bright for Jack, and the future is exciting for Springhall because of his enthusiasm and commitment.
“We’re delighted to have Jack as part of the Healthy n Happy family and look forward to seeing him grow and develop further over many years to come.”