Thamesmead youngster wins £200 for youth club work

PUBLISHED: 16:03 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:03 07 July 2016

Harley receiving his award from Marlon Devonish

Harley receiving his award from Marlon Devonish


He helped children with homework and supervised sports and games

A youngster from Thamesmead has won a £200 award in recognition of his achievements at a youth club in the borough.

Harley Bagnell-Taylor, 18, regularly gives up his free time to volunteer in the ‘Transition’ session at Hawksmoor Youth Club to support younger members.

He was presented with the award from the Jack Petchey Foundation at a ceremony in the Churchill Theatre in Bromley on Monday, June 27, with runner Marlon Devonish doing the honours.

Senior youth support officer Wayne Virgo said: “He was a little bit surprised at first, but then he was really excited afterwards.

“A transition session involves ten to 13-year-olds. Harvey is 18 now; he would come in and help other children with homework, setting up football in the hall, supervising sports and games.

“Harley is now in the process of getting some paid work from us. He will be working two evenings a week.

“He is probably one of our older members and they see him as someone to look up to; he has progressed through the club and is respectful to staff, and he is someone they can aspire to.

Harley has also become a Greenwich Youth Councillor, and will represent Hawksmoor and voice the concerns of issues affecting young people in Greenwich.

“The process to become one of the youth councillors was borough-wide,” Mr Virgo explained.

“He had to write an application about what he would like to see; it was a big process to get that but he got through.

“They meet every three or four weeks - a panel of 12 young people across the borough.”

Harley decided to spend his £200 Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award rewarding ten young people from the club by taking them to the O2 Arena in Greenwich.

The group ate ‘eat as much as you like’ pizza before going to the cinema to watch a film.

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