A NETHERTON teenager who battled back from cancer has been named Scotland’s top youth worker.
Clyde Valley High pupil Jayne Copeland was recognised at the Youthlink Scotland Youth Worker of the Year Awards in Glasgow for her extraordinary voluntary work within her community over the last five years.
Jayne (17) picked up two awards as she was named Volunteer of the Year as well as taking home the overall Youth Worker of the Year prize.
She said: “It was a shock to get this recognition as I really didn’t expect it. I don’t do my voluntary work to win prizes, I just want to help people, but it is nice that it is appreciated.”
The S6 pupil was nominated for the award by her school where she acts a peer educator and supports lunch clubs for S1 pupils.
Clyde Valley headteacher Ian Sommerville, pictured with Jayne, said: “I am delighted Jayne’s exceptional commitment to helping others has been recognised through these prestigious awards. She has shown remarkable commitment and also admirable strength of character to overcome personal adversity in the process.”
Jayne also supports residents at Netherton Care Home and the paediatric ward of Wishaw General as well as being a a warrant officer in 1st Wishaw Girls’ Brigade at Netherton Methodist Church and teaching at Jamieson Dance Academy in Carluke.
The awards also saw Ryan Currie from New Stevenston, who is project manager of Reeltime Music in Newarthill, named Youth Services Manager of the Year (voluntary organisations).
Full story in March 31 edition of Motherwell Times