Teenage volunteers earn deserved recognition

By Connie Osborne Thursday 17 April 2014 Updated: 18/04 08:16

A PAIR of borough teenagers have been rewarded for their outstanding contribution to volunteering.

Emma Shelton was presented with the Tryangle Award - one of the county’s most prestigious youth volunteering awards - for her dedication to the YMCA.

The 17-year-old has been giving her time to the charity for more than three years after joining them through a work experience placement.

She has now completed more than 600 hours of volunteering, including using her free time during school holidays, working with the disability football teams and has been praised by staff for being enthusiastic and motivating for young people.

Linzi Aston also received the accolade after organising fund-raising events, promotional days and recruiting her friends to help Young Carers.

The 17-year-old was recently appointed as a Young Carers champion and volunteers her time on top of being a Young Carer herself for her mother who has limited mobility.

The awards are given out to young people aged between 11 and 19 who are nominated to Worcestershire Council for Voluntary Youth Services.

Phil Street, manager of WCVYS, said the awards were are about recognising the achievements of the unsung heroes.

“They are young people that show determination to serve their friends, family and community. These are young people that overcome social, health or other challenges to make their mark,” he added.

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