Merton Council employee Charles “Chuck” Williamson spent the day with royalty on 11 October as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, where he received a framed recognition certificate at St James’ Palace from Paralympic Athlete Danny Crates.
The youth worker from Raynes Park, has given 23 years of service to Merton’s youth service team, helping young people across the borough to get involved in the flagship project. Working on the Duke of Edinburgh Award for two years before joining Merton, the award recognises his dedication to volunteering.
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards offer all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. Young people achieve their Award by completing a personal programme of activities in different sections including volunteering, sports, developing skills, taking part in an expedition and for the gold award, completing a residential.
Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh award allows children to get practical skills and give back to their community through the volunteering aspect. For the project to succeed we rely on key members of staff who go above and beyond their duties to make sure young people get the chance to take part. I’d like to congratulate Chuck on his award and thank him for all that he does for Merton.”
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