Motherwell Truth About Youth Awards

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The Motherwell Truth About Youth Awards 2012, organised by Motherwell Youth Voice, celebrated the outstanding achievements made by young people within their communities in areas such as learning, citizenship, sport, health, entertainment and volunteering. It recognises those who go the extra mile to help make life better for other people.

A packed audience gathered at Motherwell’s Glo Centre to recognise the achievements of the thirty young people who were nominated. Winners included:

  • Andrew Mooney (22) who volunteered to work at the Dalziel Day Hospice in Motherwell and the British Red Cross shop;
  • Christopher Tyrrell (20) who taught pupils at Clydeview school how to the play the Saxaphone, raised money for various charities and travelled to Ghana with Original Volunteers to work and support deprived communities in the African country;
  • Jenna Scott who assists Bothwellpark School in classes for pupils with severe and complex additional support needs;
  • Louise Elliott (20), who attended Our Lady’s High School and volunteers with her mum to organise activities for  children with additional support needs;
  • Nicole Kane (17), who is a pupil at Our Lady’s High and spends two hours each week entertaining and supporting children between the ages 5 – 21 with additional support needs;
  • Gemma Park (17) who attends Braidhurst High and works every week with vulnerable young people in the Nurture Unit (The Hub) within her school; and
  • Gary Kelman (17) who helps care for his sister and is also involved in Lanarkshire’s Peer Education Project, LANDED which offers young people the opportunity to educate their peers on sexual health and drugs and alcohol.

Councillor Michael Ross, added: “The contribution these young people have made to their local communities is quite inspirational. The example they have set creates a very positive message of what can be achieved by our youths to help make Motherwell a better place.”

View this video for highlights and interviews from the night.

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