Clitheroe youth worker presented with Rotary award

Local youth worker Simon Whipp receiving a Rotary Community Service award from President David Bleazard and with Rotarian Mary Robinson, who nominated him for the award.
Local youth worker Simon Whipp receiving a Rotary Community Service award from President David Bleazard and with Rotarian Mary Robinson, who nominated him for the award.

A LOCAL youth worked has been presented with a well-deserved Community Service Award by the Rotary Club of Clitheroe.

Simon Whipp arrived at Clitheroe’s Trinity Youth Club 12 years ago as a volunteer DJ. He started to teach youngster DJ techniques and went on to teach African drums, forming a group that became very popular.

Eight years ago Simon gained part-time employment with Lancashire County Council working with mobile youth clubs around Ribble Valley villages. Then, four years ago, he became Centre Manager at Clitheroe Youth Club, formally known as Trinity Youth Club.

Throughout his involvement, Simon has seen many changes, but always puts young people first, often in situations where others have given up. He has organised numerous trips, including residential visits and has got involved, argued and browbeaten the county council for funding for events and outings, never taking “no” for an answer.

Rotarian Mary Robinson, who nominated Simon for the award, commented: “Simon will always find the time to talk to and support young people with problems and do his best to come up with a plan to stop them dropping out of society.

“He is also a great support to his staff and will always find jobs for young volunteers who are out of work, enabling them to keep busy and add skills to their CV’s. Altogether a great guy and the kids think he’s the best!”

He was presented with the award by David Bleazard, recently installed President of the Rotary Club of Clitheroe.