A well-respected and award-winning youth worker is taking up a new post after 44 years of dedicating his time and efforts to the youngsters of Clitheroe.
It’s the end of an era for Giuseppe “Pino” Pozzi who walked through the Trinity Centre’s doors in 1974 and threw himself into youth work.
One of his first tasks were to raise much-needed funds by setting up a disco at the centre. He mainly provided discos, DJ instruction and Judo instruction with young people. After 10 years volunteering, Pino undertook youth work training and got paid work where he continued to develop his skills, particularly in outdoor education, including Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, survival events, mountain biking, climbing and canoeing, as well as introducing Italian cooking to the Trinity Youth Club.
Nineteen years ago he received a special award in recognition of 25 years of service to the local youngsters.
His friend and former colleague, Tim Bleazard, said: “Hundreds of young people have benefited from Pino’s work, many of whom are now in their fifties and as Pino leaves to take up a post in the facilities management team at County Hall, Preston, it really is the end of an era for youth work in Clitheroe.”
A celebration event was held at Trinity for Pino, which was attended by past members, and past and present colleagues, and included stories about Pino’s work, photographs documenting Pino’s career in the Ribble valley, and a Trinity Trax disco, operated by past member Floss who learned to DJ from Pino in the seventies.