The Village Notice Board


It was a pleasure to attend the Worcestershire Tryangle Awards Ceremony in March to celebrate the achievements and service of young people inWorcestershire. This prestigious Awards scheme has been established in Worcestershire by Young Solutions and has been running for 17 years. Lauren Akers won an award in the Young Adult Volunteer category for the service that she gives to young people in Hagley village. Below is a flavour of what was said about Lauren at the awards ceremony.

Lauren is an exceptional young adult leader giving much time and effort to engaging young people within the community as a Rainbow Leader, Ranger Leader and Football Coach. In addition to studying for a degree Lauren maintains her commitment to giving service in her community. She is passionate about helping young people to have as many opportunities as possible and committed to Girlguiding and football coaching. Since the age of 14 Lauren has been a Young Leader and now is an Adult Leader for 2nd Hagley Rainbows. She can be relied upon to be at every meeting where she is adored by the girls aged 5 to 7 because she is fun, kind to them and enables them to take part in lots of exciting activities. She also assists with the 1st Hagley Ranger unit where the members aged 14 -18 enjoy Lauren’s sense of humour and connection that she has with their interests and culture.

When a group of children wanted to play for the local football club one of the children approached Lauren to ask if she could help them as the club did not have enough coaches for a younger team. Despite having no football coaching experience. Lauren completed her FA Level 1 coaching qualification and now trains the West Hagley Titans under 10s team on Saturdays and organises matches on Sundays. She has ten children in her team and is highly regarded by the children and the parents alike.

It was a pleasure to accompany Lauren and I am sure that readers would agree the award was well deserved. Rachel Coton (Girlguiding District Commissioner)