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Youth worker’s award for a lifetime of dedication

WINNER ... Andy Stubbs, left, with Alex DAmbrosie, of Riverside community area forum and Outdoor Education.

WINNER ... Andy Stubbs, left, with Alex DAmbrosie, of Riverside community area forum and Outdoor Education.

A COUNCIL worker who has dedicated his life to helping young people in South Tyneside has been presented with an award.

Andy Stubbs has worked at the council’s Thurston Outdoor Education Centre in the Lake District for more than 30 years.

The venue offers youngsters the chance to take part in pursuits including sailing, mountain climbing and camping.

Over the years, the 58-year-old has helped generations of young people through the John Muir, Duke of Edinburgh and National Governing Body awards and helped to secure major funding, including £325,000 from Sport England and South Tyneside Council, to install renewable energy sources.

He has also helped the centre win a series of endorsements.

In recognition of his work, Mr Stubbs was presented with the lifetime achievement award from the Regional Youth Work Unit during a ceremony at the Stadium of Light.

Mr Stubbs, who was congratulated on his award by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, said: “In many ways I feel I have a job in a million but 
it’s hard work too, so to be recognised in this way is an absolute honour.”

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families at South Tyneside Council, said: “Andy is a dedicated member of staff who, for more than three decades, has helped young people achieve their potential.

“He consistently goes the extra mile for each young person who visits Thurston to ensure that everyone has a unique and memorable experience in line with their needs.”

The North East Youth Work Awards celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of youth services and youth workers across the North East region.

n For information about the council’s Outdoor Education centre, visit www.southtyneside.info/article/8143/thurston.

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