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Claire's in line for national honours

A COMMITTED council worker is in line for a prestigious national award after being nominated for her excellent work.

A COMMITTED council worker is in line for a prestigious national award after being nominated for her excellent work.

Claire Tromans, right, a Young Person's Substance Misuse Worker with Solihull Council is in the running for the Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Award.

These awards recognise the inspirational efforts of drug workers and drug teams across the West Midlands who are working tirelessly everyday to tackle drugs and change lives.

Since 2007, Claire has helped improve the lives of around 40 young people since she started working at 'Str8 Up', in Chelmsley Wood.

Young people have benefited in a number of ways as a result of the service they have received, including being re-integrated back at school, learning new skills and increasing their support network.

Claire, who often works extra hours on weekends and evenings to accommodate youngsters needs, has just set up an evening social group.

She is also currently implementing an accreditation programme to give youngsters progressing through the care pathway opportunities for recognition. But her hard work has not gone un-noticed as Heidi Riordan, the coordinator at Str8 Up nominated her for the award.

"Claire will always go the extra mile - sometimes quite literally.

"Three times a year she brings children together from across the borough to engage in activities such as first aid, cooking, healthy eating, raft building, and assault courses

"If this means she has to travel 40 miles to collect a child, who would not otherwise be able to attend, she will do so."

If Claire is victorious she will win one of two £10,000 awards to spend internally on drug misuse treatment and prevention.

The winners will be announced by a panel of expert judges - chaired by the home office towards the end of 2008 at a ceremony in London.

 

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