Dean Crawford: Young Scot Awards 2013: Unsung Hero

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At the age of just 17, Dean Crawford from Coatbridge in Lanarkshire, has lived two very different lives and is now is helping many others change theirs.

He was just three years old when his father was killed in a knife attack outside the family home. By the time Dean was 11, he was in care after his mother’s death from drink. He started to get into trouble and at 15, was a member of the Drummy gang in Easterhouse where his ambition in life was to be the local drug dealer.

When a street work team from FARE found him, they got him on an outward bound course where he showed amazing leadership. Within months he was out of the gang and when a youth worker job came up he got it. Now, the teenager described as an exceptional community worker, spends his time helping young people his own age.

Click below to hear Dean’s amazing story.

This video was filmed and produced by Quay Productions, Media Scotland.

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