2013 Volunteer Ireland Awards, Children and Youth

Albert Kerr, Queen Of Peace Adventure Youth Club

Wicklow

Albert Kerr has volunteered with Queen of Peace Adventure Youth Club for over 46 years. In 1967 Albert was approached by parents from the local community in Bray asking him to set up a youth club. Originally the Queen of Peace Youth Club was set up as a boys club, but in the late 1970s the membership was opened up to both boys and girls. The club has gone from strength to strength ever since. Albert, who will turn 72 in December, is still actively involved on a weekly basis and has been the chairperson of the club for many years.

Today the club provides indoor and out door activities for young people from 10 - 18yrs from Bray and South County Dublin. In 2006 the club finally got premises of its own, this could not have happened without Albert.  He tirelessly lobbied our local councillors and campaigned on behalf of local young people.  His efforts paid off, the clubhouse was officially opened on April 7th 2008 by Mr. John Gormley T.D. Minister of the Environment, heritage and local government. Paul Temple nominated Albert, he said “He can still be found every Friday night leading groups of young people on Bray Head or being quiz master on an indoor night. We feel that Albert should be a worthy recipient of this award in recognition of his life time commitment to improving the lives of countless young people from our area.”

 

 

Photography courtesy of Enda McCormack