The finalists to become the Clackmannanshire Young Citizen of the Year have been announced. They are Rebecca and Jessica Gray, Brendan Iliff, Chloe Lemaitre and Cross Skills. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Speirs Centre on 5th March.
Rebecca and Jessica Gray are members of the Clacks Youth Voice which is a local youth forum. They also volunteer within the Clackmannanshire Council Youth Service, with Rebecca also helping Sports Development and Hawkhill Community Association. The girls are valued volunteers within Youth Services and have developed and delivered programmes for young members within the community.
Brendan Iliff has had to overcome a lot of difficulties whilst helping to care for his young sister whilst his brother was seriously ill. Brendan has undertaken fundraising and has raised nearly £500 for Yorkhill Hospital where his brother was treated.
Chloe Lemaitre is a volunteer for Cross Skills which is a Youth Services project which aims to bring young people and older adults within the community together to share skills and provide support for one another. Chloe assists young adults on a weekly basis to develop their IT skills. She is a dedicated and committed volunteer and is a real inspiration and role model to other young people in her community.
Cross Skills is a group of young people who volunteer their time for this Youth Services project which involves an exchange of skills between older adults and young people including providing guidance and advice with new technology and on-going support. The volunteers are extremely committed to the project which has helped make it such a success.
Provost Tina Murphy said: "It is pleasing to see the wide range of impressive achievements of our young people and I look forward to announcing the winner on the night."
Kristy McQuater was named Young Citizen last year for combining school, family responsibilities and working with volunteering her time for a number of local organisations.