A Well-deserved community award for youth worker Jenny

The Shed in Normanton has been closed since the summer because of funding cuts. However, is will soon be re-opened thanks to The Well charity.'Pictured: Jenny Farrall-Bird
The Shed in Normanton has been closed since the summer because of funding cuts. However, is will soon be re-opened thanks to The Well charity.'Pictured: Jenny Farrall-Bird

A youth worker who inspires young people to achieve their best has been recognised for her “outstanding contribution” to the community.

For the past three years Jenny Farrall-Bird has run The Well Project on Queen Elizabeth Drive helping families in need and providing activities for children.

Jenny Farrall-Bird

Jenny Farrall-Bird

Last Wednesday she was presented with the Bob Abson Community Service Award from the Rotary Club of Normanton in recognition of her hard work.

Mrs Farrall-Bird, 32, of Normanton, said: “I am both honoured and humbled to get this award. You don’t do this work to have it noticed, you do it because you’re making a difference and helping people.

“It is amazing to think that someone has gone to the effort to nominate me and recognise what I do.”

The Well Project was started seven years ago by the congregation at Normanton All Saints Church, on High Street, after a member left behind money in her will.

In the beginning youth workers operated out of the back of a minibus before the group bought its current base on the Woodhouse estate.

Since then, Mrs Farrall-Bird has managed the project, which provides help for families, from babies to pensioners.

She runs a drop-in centre during the day, coffee mornings, job clubs and activities including an after-school group and youth club.

She was also the inspiration for the Back of the Net football project, which offers free coaching and tournaments to young people.

Now she is working with other groups to set up a second centre in Haw Hill Park, which will act as a community hub and youth club in the former Shed building.

Mrs Farrall-Bird was presented with a shield and £100 for charity by Bob Abson’s widow Janet at The White Horse Inn, Sharlston.

It was named in honour of the former Rotarian and is presented yearly to people who make a difference in their community.

In a letter of recognition from the rotary club, secretary David Piggin said: “Our club was impressed with what you have achieved via the youth outreach programme at The Well and believes that your energy, drive and determination to get things done at The Shed in Haw Hill Park means this venture will also be a success in the future.”

Mr Piggin said the club supported the project’s new plans for Haw Hill Park after it donated a marble sundial five years ago, only to see it get damaged within days. Members will also donate money to the project to provide television equipment.