A dedicated volunteer and carer has been recognised for her efforts improving local youth services and named as the winner of a prestigious county award.
Sarah Clark, 18, was named as the Ashfield district winner at Nottingamshore County Council’s 4Uth awards.
The 4Uth awards recognise the outstanding achievements of young people across the county for a variety of different areas such as outstanding achievement, caring for others, vital contribution within a local community and overcoming adversity.
Sarah, a junior trainer at King’s Mill Hospital, was nominated by Emma Betteridge, a youth worker with the county council’s youth service at Sutton Young People’s Centre.
Emma explained: “Sarah is a very special young lady. “She has spent a lot of her own time asking what young people want from the youth service and what their needs were within the community.
“She is a fabulous young woman who is so supportive, enthusiastic and dedicated to the needs of others which is whay I nominated her for the award.”
Sarah is also a carer for her dad who suffered a motorbike accident and was left with ongoing health problems.
She said: “Winning for Ashfield for me is a real achievement.
“I don’t do what I do to win anything or to get things from it so to get recognition for what I’ve done is quite nice.
“It gives you a warm feeling to know people do appreciate what you do sometimes.”
When she is not working, caring for her dad or giving her time to help improve local youth services, she also carries outregular charity work and fundraising.
Councillor Liz Plant, vice-chairman of the children and young people’s committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Sarah is an inspiration to many young people with her hard work and dedication to a variety of causes such as Mansfield Hospital’s Theatre Troupe, the District Youth Forum and the Sutton Young People’s Centre.
“Her apprenticeship has also been very rewarding and she can be proud to be named the Ashfield District winner of our 4Uth awards.”