The Glastonbury Citizen of the Year 2018 award has been given to Katherine Clarke.
As a former Governor of St John’s Infants School and current Chair of the Governors at St Dunstan’s, Katherine has immersed herself in the life of Glastonbury schools, working hard to improve all aspects of school experience, not just academic, but emotional and social too. She is a passionate ambassador of our schools both within this community and beyond. As well as her role as Governor she has been involved in the PTAs of all three Glastonbury state schools, organising fundraising events as well as activities for the youngsters.
As the Red Brick Building Administrator and Director responsible for Youth Inclusion she has made sure that the project has maintained its focus on youth and youth provision, as was its original intention. She set up the Red Brick Building Youth Club, now into its 6th year, which currently has over 90 members on the books. Katherine is still lead Youth Worker at the Club, organising weekly activities ranging from green screen filming and games nights to talks on mental health and other subjects. She recently organised a session with a trainer from Deafinate training in which club members made a promotional film for the Club in British Sign Language as part of an equality and diversity project. The next day she took over 30 11-18 year olds on a trip to an indoor Trampolining centre in Wellington. She had photos and films from both events on Social Media within hours.
Katherine has taken over the lead role with Glastonbury Youth Council. With her influence and her connection to the YMCA, the Youth Council has flourished and is working with Street Youth Council (Street Youth Voice) on joint activities, as well as its own. Katherine now works closely with the YMCA in all its activities in the town, along with the Somerset Rural Youth Project and Somerset Youth and Community Service, and is also a committed and pro-active member of the Youth Provision Committee of the Council, which supports the Glastonbury Youth Council.