Medway youth worker is the best in the UK

Medway youth worker is the best in the UK

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A Medway Council youth worker has been named the best in the UK for her work with young people.

The National Youth Agency awarded youth worker of the year to Sharon McCauley, who manages a number of special projects in Medway.

Sharon coordinates and manages a comprehensive range of programmes for young people aged 8 to 24, including peer mentoring schemes in schools.

Sharon was key in setting up the Gillingham Youth Partnership, a body made up of young people’s organisations that develops initiatives for the area.

She also developed and accredited the ‘community restaurant’ scheme alongside chefs from Mid Kent College, enabling young people to train as chefs.

She fought off tough competition from around the UK to pick up the award.

Sharon said: “I’m thrilled to get this award for a job I love doing.

“I find it so rewarding to work with so many young people in Medway and this award also recognises all of the achievements they make through participating in youth projects on a  daily basis.”

Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive of the National Youth Agency said: “Great youth workers are paramount to the success of youth work, without which many young people will not be given the opportunity to grow, develop and become active members of society.

“The Youth Worker Awards gives us a chance to celebrate and recognise the work of outstanding youth workers. We hope that the awards extend the recognition of youth work, not just for one week, but for every single day.”

Sharon will be presented with her award at a special reception at the House of Commons on 5 November.

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