Young Volunteer of the Year – Rebecca Lawley

The Ray McGuirk Award for outstanding Young Volunteer is a very special award and is given to young people from across our borough who demonstrate a commitment to making a difference in their local communities and are positive role models to other young people.

Jackie McGuirk and Dudley Lions, sponsor the Ray McGuirk Young Volunteer of the Year, in memory of her father Ray McGuirk an active member of Dudley Lions and passionate ambassador for young people.  They have always sponsored this particular category and it’s lovely that they continue to do so.  We were honoured to rename this award in memory of Ray in 2015.

This year the Panel could not choose between two simply outstanding young women to achieve the Ray McGuirk Young Volunteer of the Year Award.
Although they had both only volunteered for a short time, they have both made a HUGE impact!

Main Award – Rebecca [Becky] Lawley

Becky is a 19 year old young woman has been volunteering with the Dudley Young Health Champions projects for several months. Becky first was referred to the project through her participation with Just Straight Talk, to help build and develop her confidence after experiencing several years of anxiety and depression which affected her home life, her health and her education. Despite being a very talented artist and being very intelligent Becky has faced constant challenges in her day to day life which have affected her ability to communicate with other people, believe in herself and have the confidence to do things which many of us take for granted such as making a phone call.

Read her full nomination here: YOUNG VOLUNTEER Rebecca Lawley

Watch her nomination film here:


Becky also wrote a brilliant blog post about her experience of the words, which I recommend you read – here’s the link

Here are Kiera and Becky the joint awardee for this category receiving their well-deserved awards: Becky is on the left next to the Mayor and Kiera is on the right.