Teenage youth club volunteer nominated for YOPEY award

SERIAL award winner Nikki Cornwell has been nominated for a Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year award, thanks to her commitment to Whittlesey Youth Club.

Teenager Nikki joined the club four years ago, and now has responsibilities as a mentor and volunteer, devoting three evenings a week to helping run various sessions.

Nikki, 16, who lives in Coates, won the High Sheriff Award in 2011, and the Fenland Young Person Award earlier this year.

Nikki’s mum Tammy Lane said: “I wanted to nominate her because she puts so much into everything she does.”

The teenager has just finished the National Citizen Service (NCS), a Government programme to develop the skills and potential of teenagers.

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Tammy added: “Between finishing school in June and starting the NCS, she voluntarily came into work with me each day to do any little job that was needed to be done.

“ I am very proud of her and her achievements. Everything she does is from Nikki herself, I support everything she wants to do, but the motivation comes from Nikki.”

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Youth worker Lynette Ippolito describes Nikki as Whittlesey Youth Club’s most dedicated volunteer. She said: “We can trust her to help with anything we ask. She is very well liked and the young people respect her.

“We all think she is a great asset and thank her for putting so much effort into the club.”

Nikki said she joined the club to fill her free time. She said: “Once I started I knew I wanted to help other people,” she said. “It is important to me to help, because I want to give something back to the club.”

Nikki is planning a career in midwifery, but added: “I plan to continue to volunteer at the club for years to come. Hopefully they will put me through level one youth work training, so that I can begin on the road to becoming a qualified youth worker.”

The Cambs Young Person of the Year will win �800, �400 for themselves and �400 for their nominated good cause.

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