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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Workington and Maryport winners pick up awards from Young Cumbria

A Workington youth organisation was among a number of West Cumbrian winners of awards recognising valuable community work on Tuesday.

The South Workington Youth Partnership, which runs clubs for children aged from five to 18, was honoured by the youth charity Young Cumbria at its annual meeting.

It received the Don Langridge Memorial Trophy, which is an annual award for the youth club which has demonstrated the greatest commitment to community service, and the Sarsfield Hall Shield for its work to improve its premises.

The partnership also offers facilities for adults with learning difficulties.

It has updated its kitchen and created a garden growing fruit and vegetables.

Youth development worker Angela Good took members Reece Weaver and Hannah Swinburne to the ceremony to collect the awards.

They then headed straight back to the youth wing of St Mary’s Church to show off the awards to other members.

Angela said: “The kids are over the moon. They have got recognition for all the things they have been doing.”

Also honoured was Les Morley, of Maryport Boys’ and Girls’ Club, who was presented with a Gold Keystone Award for 30 years of voluntary service.

Les, 55, of George Terrace, Netherton, got involved with the club when his wife was pregnant with their son.

He said: “The club was having problems with leaders and I thought it would be a shame if my son didn’t have a club because there were no leaders. I volunteered and haven’t looked back.

“I have seen a lot of good kids go through the club. Some who were there when I started have children attending now.”

Mary Gartland, a youth support worker from Maryport, won an award for her outstanding contribution to Young Cumbria.

She mans the organisation’s Big White Van mobile youth club when it visits the Maryport area once a week.

She is one of two staff who run the Friday Night Project at Maryport Boys’ and Girls’ Project and supports Dearham Youth Project.

This year she has taken on a new administration role at the organisation’s head office in Keswick, mainly dealing with bookings and the running of Isthmus Cottage.

She said: “I was surprised. I’m pleased that they think I’m good enough to do what I’ve been doing.”

Young Cumbria is a charity supporting 77 youth clubs and organisations.

In the last year its staff and members have worked with over 8,600 young people.

Kathleen Newson, chief executive, said: “The quality of the youth work delivered by Young Cumbria and its members is the result of the enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism shown by our staff and volunteers.

“We are especially proud of our award winners, all of whom have made a huge contribution to Young Cumbria.”

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