A Glenrothes woman has been presented with a prestigious reward for her work with children’s charity Barnardo’s.
Mandy McKenzie from Glenrothes was nominated for the prestigious Marsh Trust volunteer award by the children’s charity for her work with children through befriending for the Family Support Service.
She has been a volunteer for less than a year and says that the experience has “changed my mind set, I now feel inspired to be the best I can be.”
She takes a young person on outings on a regular basis, juggling this with full-time studies in Mental Health Nursing as well as being a part-time sales advisor for BSkyB.
Mandy said of her win: “The young person I have been befriending is an inspiration and a breath of fresh air. Winning the Barnardo’s Marsh Trust Award was a fantastic surprise and I feel very emotional and very proud of this achievement.”
The Family Support Service encourages working with other agencies to provide better services to children and families. It includes support groups for parents, kinship care, advocacy and children’s rights, substance misuse or those at risk of it and those vulnerable to family breakdown. Group and individual work with children focuses on building resilience, confidence, self-esteem and practical aspects such as literacy, as well as challenging behaviour issues.