Sheffield charity woman handed social award

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A Sheffield woman who became a charity director after the organisation helped her turn her life around has been handed an award.

Emma Hinchliffe, aged 24, scooped the 2014 social change award in the ‘rising star’ category for her work with SHINE.

The charity focuses on weight management for youngsters aged 10 to 17, and also aims to help improve self-confidence and self-esteem.

Emma first went to the charity for help but used the skills she developed to help others in similar situations.

The ‘inspiring’ volunteer become a buddy, a classroom assistant, a fundraiser, a trainer, and is now a director at SHINE, while completing two degrees.

Kath Sharman, managing director of SHINE, said “Joining SHINE ten years ago as a service user at 14, Emma firstly turned her own life around to fight adversity and bullying, she then used the skills she developed to help others in similar situations.

“Emma brings a great sense of fun and easily gains the trust and confidence of the young people she works with. She inspires and motivates them to make changes that are life-saving.”

Emma said: “I want to say a massive thank you to everyone at SHINE for all the help, support and encouragement they have given me.”