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Bromford Youth Worker recognised for commitment to young people

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Clare Bartlett, a youth worker from Bromford, has received national recognition for her contribution to the local community after receiving a highly commended award in yesterday's national Youth Agency (NYA) Youth Worker Awards.

Clare Bartlett, Youth Initiative Officer for Cirencester's Town Council was presented with the award at an event held at the London headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House on 8 November, as part of Youth Work Week 2012.

Clare was nominated by her colleagues and local community for her dedication and extraordinary contribution to the young people in the Cirencester area. Clare Bartlett is passionate about giving young people a voice. Because of this, Clare has launched innovative new projects such as the Cirencester Youth Council for which she secured £25,000 worth of funding to deliver recreational activities and provide enterprise support to bring to life young people's ideas. Clare was commended for connecting young people from different cultures as well as striving to remove negative perceptions that adults and communities have of young people.

On receiving her award, Clare said: "Attending the national youth worker awards was a great honour and to see some of the work showcased made me feel a part of something and that what we all do for young people is valued and certainly worthwhile. I was touched by what one of my young people said about me when introducing me to the people in attendance. This experience will be something I will always remember and is certainly something I will carry with me through my career."

Fiona Blacke, National Youth Agency Chief Executive, said: "Congratulations to our award winners. Great youth workers are paramount to the success of youth work, without which many young people will not be given the opportunity to grow, develop and become full members of society.

"The Youth Worker Awards gives us a chance to celebrate and recognise the work of outstanding youth workers. We hope that the awards extend the recognition of youth work, not just for one night, but for every single day. The events of Youth Work Week enable us to demonstrate to policy makers and funders the true value of youth work as an essential form of provision in improving the lives of young people and their communities."

The Youth Worker Award is part of Youth Work Week, an annual celebration of youth work organised by the National Youth Agency since 1993. This year, for the first time the NYA has partnered with the Commonwealth Secretariat, making it a truly international celebration, bringing together 54 countries across six continents.

In recognition of this partnership, Youth Work Week has adopted the Commonwealth Secretariat's 2012 theme, Connecting Cultures. The campaign aims to highlight the role of front line youth workers in supporting young people and communities across the Commonwealth, to foster positive relationships and a sense of belonging.

For further information about Youth Work Week and the work of the National Youth Agency visit: