Charmer Jack wins top award

Teen vol­un­teer hon­oured

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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.”

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