Barbara named national ‘Volunteer of the Year’

National Award winner Barbara Cole
National Award winner Barbara Cole

A volunteer Pendle youth worker has been given a prestigious national award in London because of everything she does for young people.

Barbara Cole (55), of Granville Street, Colne, is a long-serving youth worker at Pendle Youth Fellowship at St John’s Methodist Church.

And she has become “Volunteer of the Year” at Youthscape National’s 2015 Christian Youth Work Awards ceremony.

Fellow church member Miss Margaret Hird explained: “Barbara was nominated by her co-workers and past and present members of the group, and went down to the London School of Theology and received the award there.”

And Barbara said: “I’ve been working on youth work in Pendle Methodist churches for 30 years and at Pendle Youth Fellowships for 20 years. I’ve worked together with a lot of good youth leaders over the years.

“I was so honoured to get the award. There were people from all around the country and other awards were presented at the ceremony. We had a nice time down there and it’s an award for the club as well as me.”

And she said: “St John’s Church has always supported us well, including finance. They’ve always made youth work a priority.”

Barbara and husband Geoff have a son Anthony, who has just got married. And she said: “My family have always supported whatever I have done.”

She is a Witness Care Officer for Lancashire Constabulary and is currently based in Chorley Police Station. She has done her role at both Colne and Burnley Police Stations in the past.