Adam cleans up at awards for workers

Adam Barlow, Rotherham Council's Young Person of the Year 2011
Adam Barlow, Rotherham Council's Young Person of the Year 2011

A STREET sweeper has cleaned up at awards to honour a South Yorkshire council’s workers – winning Young Person of the Year.

Adam Barlow, was selected from eight staff nominated for Rotherham Council’s award.

The 20-year-old from the Streetpride cleansing team was nominated by his boss Andy Roddis for being such a hard worker.

Andy said: “Adam is the youngest member of the close-knit town centre cleansing team but he fits in really well.

“He is always someone who goes the extra mile.”

Adam began work at the authority as a member of the maintenance team, after gaining a traineeship through the Government’s Future Jobs Fund project.

He was so good the authority took him on permanently, first as an agency worker and then as a permanent worker with the cleansing team.

Adam, of Meadowbank, said: “It was nice to be nominated and its always nice to be appreciated for your work.

“I enjoy the job – it’s good and the town centre keeps me busy.”

The annual award is given to the employee who has given outstanding service and who shows outstanding qualities of character in all aspects of their lives.

Adam was presented with his award by the Mayor of Rotherham, Coun Rose McNeely, at the town hall.

Collette Burrows, of Bramley, a customer service advisor at the council’s administration service, received the Highly Commmended award in the competition.

The six other finalists were Jonathan Hedge, a community sports coach in the Culture and Leisure Service; Lucy Miller, a business support assistant; Lauren Stocks, an administration assistant for the Youth Offending Service; Shannon Hirst, a care assistant; Lianne Hare, a housing and employment officer in the Key Choices Property Shop and social worker Katie Cottrell.