A COUNCIL worker who has helped offenders improve their chances of getting a job has been recognised for his work - receiving two prestigious awards.
Former soldier Sandy Gemmell scooped the Public Sector Worker of the Year at the Herald Society Awards, and achieved a commendation at the national Butler Trust Awards.
The community payback supervisor at restorative justice supervises offenders as they carry out unpaid work.
He’s been working with North Lanarkshire Council for just over two years, engaging with offenders, building relationships and supporting change in terms of re-offending behaviour.
Sandy, who lives in Bellshill, has worked on a number of successful projects including St Brigid’s Peace Garden, Newmains, and has made a real difference to the lives of the offenders.
For full story, see this week’s Bellshill Speaker, dated Thursday, December 8.