KENNY MARSHALL, BCAc
Jeannette & Kenny set up a youth club in their local village over 47 years ago, and every Tuesday night they still run the same youth group during school term time. The group offers young people a range of activities in a village which has poor transport links in the evening, and it is their energy, enthusiasm, compassion and willingness to volunteer that is vital to the success of the club.
They work tirelessly together to ensure that cost is not a barrier for the young people of the village, and recently had to contend with the lease on their premises reaching its end, combined with funding cuts. Moving from the school where the club operated previously, was a difficult time for the couple, but within a few weeks the sounds of young people enjoying themselves was again heard from their new venue. Although their own children have grown and moved away, they are sensitive to the local young people’s needs. Throughout the 47 years, the couple have seen drastic changes, from the start-up in a thriving mining village, to changes in housing, the onset of the digital age, to today’s tech-savvy youngsters but still the vibrancy of the youth group lives on.
The group is inclusive and supports and nurtures young people to develop and learn new skills. The club serves 8-15 year olds, itself a difficult age range.
Nominated by: Shelley Hutton