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Awards for two teenage volunteers
5:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
TWO teenagers who put in hundreds of hours of voluntary work have been awarded for their efforts.
Bethany Barnes and Kathryn Cobain, both 18, were presented with Young Leaders in Service Awards by the Worcester Lions.
The presentation at the Whitehouse Hotel in Foregate Street, Worcester, was the first time the club has given out the awards.
A spokesman for the Worcester Lions said: “We actively started encouraging young people to take part just over a year ago and were delighted that Bethany and Kathryn were the first two young people that their club had sponsored to have completed this award.”
In order to achieve a gold award, Kathryn, from Drakes Broughton, completed 120.5 hours of community work over a four-month period.
She did 18.5 hours helping as a young leader with 1st Kempsey Guides and 102 hours at Worcester’s New Hope Centre, which provides daytime and short break care for families who have children and young people with disablilites and complex healthcare needs.
Bethany, from Worcester, was presented with both gold and silver awards, having completed 132 hours over a 12- month period. She completed those hours as a young leader at 1st Worcester Scouts at a residential summer camp on Brownsea Island and weekly meetings looking after Scouts and Cubs.
The Young Leaders in Service scheme was relaunched by Lions International a couple of years ago. Ian Haffner, 1st vice district governor for the Midlands Lions District, presented the girls with their certificates and a congratulatory letter from the Lions International president and their badges.
The awards are aimed at encouraging young people between the ages of 11 and 18 to give significant levels of service in their community and to acknowledge, reward and celebrate their efforts. To gain this award they need to complete 50 hours to gain the silver award and 100 hours to gain the gold award in a 12-month period. It can be for work that they are already doing in the community or a new incentive.
Anyone who would like to take part in the Young Leaders in Service scheme should e-mail Janet Long on ylis@ lions105m.org.uk
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