#TruthTuesday: Dean Crawford

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Written by Young Scot on in Highlands and Islands, Grampian and Tayside, Fife and Central, Lothian, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, Strathclyde and West

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He is aged just 18. Dean Crawford from Coatbridge in Lanarkshire has lived two very different lives and is now helping many others change theirs for the better.

At just three years of age 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 had died from drinking. He started to get into trouble and at 15, was a member of the Drummy gang in Easterhouse where his only ambition in life was to be the local drug dealer.

But, when a street work team from FARE found him, Dean was given the opportunity to turn his life around. With his own personal belief and determination, they got him on an outward bound course where he showed amazing leadership. Within months he was no longer part of a gang and was being offered the opportunity to become a youth worker.

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Now, the teenager described as an exceptional community worker, spends his time helping young people his own age, steering them away from a life of drugs and violence and helping them turn their lives around, just like he did.

Many throughout the community could see the passion Dean had for his job and last year he was nominated to become the Unsung Hero at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards.

Know a young person that deserves to have their passion and hard work recognised, no matter what it is they do? Nominations are open for another 7 days so get your nominations in soon at www.youngscotawards.co.uk.

Watch Dean’s story in the video below from Quay Productions.

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