Young Citizen: Volunteer Jasmine, 17, enjoys helping children overcome obstacles

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 August 2018

Jasmine Spurling received her award. Photo: David Solomon

Jasmine Spurling received her award. Photo: David Solomon


This week’s Young Citizen nominee is a 17-year-old Chigwell volunteer dedicated to helping children within the borough’s Jewish Community overcome obstacles.

Jasmine Spurling has been volunteering at the community centre run by charity Jewish Care, in Woodford Bridge Road, for more than four years.

She has been involved in everything from support half-term schemes, such Summerworld while enrolled in the charity’s Motivation, Inspiration, Knowledge and Empowerment (Mike) programmes, as well as running weekly children’s clubs.

In June this year, she was crowned Volunteer of the Year at a Jewish Care-run award ceremony.

Off the back of that - Jewish Care have put Jasmine forward for the Recorder’s Young Citizen Award.

“I just really enjoy being around the kids and the atmosphere,” Jasmine said, commenting on her motivations to volunteer.

“It makes me feel like I can still be a kid and have to others think.

“I can have as much fun as the kids can.

She added: “It’s nice to help the kids, for instance, if they have got problems.”

Jasmine is currently studying at college and hopes eventually become a youth worker.

For the immediate future, she said: “I am going to carry on volunteering for [Jewish Care] no matter what.”

The charity’s youth and families co-ordinator Emma Senitt, speaking at the time of Jasmine’s Volunteer of the Year award, said: “Jasmine’s enthusiasm, positive attitude and dedication has made a significant difference to the Mike programme.

“She deserves recognition for all of her hard work assisting with Mike every week and motivating not only the participants involved but also the team around her.

“Her bubbly and infectious personality draws people to want to work with her and be around her.”

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award is about celebrating the amazing young people in our borough.

It is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which provides each monthly winner with a £30 gift card.

The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at the Mayor’s Community Awards.

You can nominate any person who lives or works in Redbridge, as long as they are under 25, by emailing

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