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A charity supporting youngsters going into foster care by giving them a bag of residence comforts has been named as West Dunbartonshire’s Citizen of the 12 months.
Fiona and Leighann Hennebry arrange Luggage Stuffed with Love to make sure the method of shifting to a brand new residence was much less daunting for susceptible younger folks.
The backpacks present age acceptable gadgets together with clothes, small toys, consolation gadgets and likewise private hygiene provides.
The charity’s purpose is that no younger particular person arrives in a brand new setting with out gadgets of their very own, permitting them to begin the position with some dignity and pleasure.
Talking on the Provost’s Civic Awards occasion on Friday, October 7, the place the duo obtained a standing ovation, Fiona stated: “We began the charity after being foster carers for a number of years and seeing youngsters come into care with actually the garments they’re standing in, and we simply needed to make a distinction.
“It is extremely emotional making up the baggage as a result of you realize it’s in all probability the worst day of those youngsters’s lives and having this bag is a wee little bit of hope for them.”
Leighann added: “We’ve seen children with subsequent to nothing they may name their very own, so we determined we may look into offering one thing for them to provide them a wee little bit of dignity when they’re put on this scenario.
“We don’t get to see the look on the youngsters’ faces after they open the bag, however we do hear how completely satisfied they had been from keyworkers, social companies and faculties and meaning a lot to us.”
Earlier within the night time, the charity additionally picked up an award for Neighborhood/Voluntary (Crew) Champion on the celebration in Clydebank City Corridor.
Provost Douglas McAllister stated: “Congratulations to Luggage Stuffed with Love, who’re extraordinarily deserving of the title of Citizen of the 12 months for the help they offer to a few of our most susceptible youngsters. Transferring away from every thing you realize should be an especially horrifying expertise and these baggage be certain that any younger particular person going via that not solely has some gadgets to name their very own, but in addition reassures them that they aren’t alone.
“All of our winners and nominees are so deserving of the reward they’ve been given, from volunteering their very own free time to provide alternatives within the arts and sport, to elevating consciousness about psychological well being and guaranteeing our communities are empowered, they’re awe-inspiring.
“What makes this inspirational work much more particular is that as a rule it’s performed underneath the radar with out a lot thanks and so it has been an absolute pleasure to recognise their dedication publicly tonight and present them how grateful all of us are.”
Different award winners throughout 4 classes had been recognised for going above and past for West Dunbartonshire.
Lottie Barker was named as Arts and Tradition Champion for her work operating group arts organisation Clifftop Tasks to make the humanities accessible to all with weekly artwork within the park classes, an intergenerational dance firm, theatre journeys, artwork vacation camps and an grownup inventive membership aimed toward enhancing psychological well being and decreasing isolation.
The Sports activities Champion Award was given to John Joyce, a coach who has given greater than 4 years of his time volunteering his time in youth soccer, coaching a number of occasions every week and establishing the primary ever Renton ladies soccer staff in addition to serving to develop boys groups.
Within the Neighborhood/Voluntary Champion (Particular person) class, Colin Hay was named winner for being the driving power behind the Linnvale Neighborhood Group, volunteering his time to encourage concepts to enhance the realm together with organising litter picks and a profitable group Gala Day.
And Zoe Neeson was topped Youth Champion (sponsored by West Faculty Scotland) after she inspired her Mum to arrange Search for a E book, a cover and search model sport the place youngsters can take pleasure in studying a guide then cover it for another person to seek out. Search for a E book now has over 2,500 followers on Fb and has created an actual buzz for studying and the outside for younger youngsters within the space.