Youth worker’s commitment earns honours

Photograph caption (left to right): Station Commander, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew, Lucy Allin and John Mullen from British Aerospace.  Photographer: SAC Rich Dudley.

Photograph caption (left to right): Station Commander, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew, Lucy Allin and John Mullen from British Aerospace. Photographer: SAC Rich Dudley.

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Helping RAF kids settle into their new homes and engaging them in youth activities is all part of the job for Lucy Allin.

But it is one the Leuchars youth worker relishes and now she has been awarded two prestigious accolades for her commitment to supporting service personnel and their families.

Lucy (27) has been the Airplay Youth Worker at RAF Leuchars for the last four years.

Employed by the national children and families charity 4Children as part of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund’s Airplay programme, Lucy runs a youth support programme for the families of service personnel.

As well as organising a variety of activities during youth club sessions, Lucy has run workshops for young people on building confidence and self esteem and ways to deal with change.

She has also helped youngsters, who face frequent moves when their parents are posted around the country and abroad, settle into local schools.

The Benevolent Fund provides Airplay youth workers to help RAF community support teams provide a range of activities for young people living on and around stations.

Lucy received the British Aerospace Engineering Award for her commitment, dedication and support to serving personnel and their families.

She was also presented with the Station Commander’s Personal Contribution Award by Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew.

Lucy said: “I feel very privileged and honoured to receive these awards, and being able to work with such an enthusiastic, caring team, and supportive community.”

Station Commander Air Commodore Mayhew said: “Lucy’s award was extremely well deserved and recognises the good work and support she has provided to our personnel, their families and the wider community.”

The Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF, serving and former, and their families, and Airplay is its £24 million youth support programme, operating on all main RAF bases across the UK for children and young people up to the age of 19.

It commissioned charity 4Children to provide a network of trained youth workers on 25 RAF stations to keep young people safely occupied on stations.