Ian Savage, who is based at RAF Marham, has been shortlisted in the ‘Airplay Youth Worker of the Year’ category of the annual RAF Benevolent Fund awards.
The award recognizes those who have gone the extra mile for RAF Benevolent Fund veterans and their families.
Ian was shortlisted after drawing attention to his creative ideas during the Airplay sessions and being more than willing to share those ideas with other youth workers.
Recent activities included a podcast for young people, which celebrated the confidence and skills developed by those who created them, and a songwriting and poetry project that helped members explore what it feels like to a parent is deployed or absent for an extended period of time.
Ian’s sessions are all oversubscribed with waiting lists of children and young people hoping to attend.
Ian said: “It’s great to be shortlisted as Airplay Youth Worker of the Year. For me, working with young people doesn’t feel like a job, so it’s even more rewarding to be noticed for doing something I love.
Paul Hughesdon, director of wellbeing and policy at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “2021 has been another difficult year for many of us, but the impact of ongoing lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures has been particularly hard on the young, the old, the vulnerable or the isolated. members of the RAF family. We have adapted our welfare provision to ensure their needs were met, but this would not have been possible without people like Ian who go the extra mile to support our mission.
The RAF Benevolent Fund Awards are now in their 10th year, celebrating the outstanding contributions of fundraisers, volunteers and partners who support the charity. The 2022 awards will take place on Thursday June 9 at Plaisterers’ Hall in London.