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SPT and NLC initiative wins at National Youth Awards ceremony

National Youth Awards

Three Calderbank youngsters have had their campaigning efforts to promote a community bus service – funded by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) – celebrated at the British Youth Council Awards Ceremony in London.

Chloe Thomson (15), Caitlin Devine (14) and David Thomson (14) were presented with the Youth Voice Award – which promotes youth empowerment and active citizenship – by MPs David Blunkett, Jenny Willott and Nigel Evans at the Houses of Parliament recently.

SPT Vice Chair David Fagan said:

“This free bus service is part of the ‘Getting Better Together’ community transport project, which SPT part-funds.

The dedication of these young people must be applauded, as must their admirable desire to act on behalf of the rest of the young people in their local area.”

SPT Vice Chair David Fagan

“The dedication of these young people must be applauded, as must their admirable desire to act on behalf of the rest of the young people in their local area.”

The free service enables young people from the surrounding areas to attend the @Home Centre youth club in Airdrie in the evenings when limited transport links can prohibit their attending the venue.

Working closely with North Lanarkshire Council, the trio successfully campaigned to raise awareness of the free service, in addition to securing an increase in the existing one provided from two to three times per week.

Caitlin Devine said:

“To be considered for the award we had to complete at least 10 hours of different activities.

“We had weekly meetings with staff from North Lanarkshire, produced questionnaires and posters and wrote a report to back the campaign. All of us are so happy our hard work has paid off!”

North Lanarkshire Community Learning and Development worker Laura Dominici said:

“This award challenges young people to do something new, exciting and innovative.

“To have their efforts recognised on a national scale like this is a fantastic achievement and my colleagues and I are extremely proud of Chloe, Caitlin and David.”