Young Citizen: Rose, 19, ‘a true inspiration’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 December 2014

Rose Greensmith, 18, has won an award for her youthwork with a christian organisation (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Rose Greensmith, 18, has won an award for her youthwork with a christian organisation (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)


A dedicated teenager who has been volunteering with her church has been nominated for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Young Citizen Award.

Rose Greensmith, who works at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church, in Cambridge Park, Wanstead recently received a volunteer of the year Christian youth award after years of hard work.

The 19-year-old of Overton Drive Road, Wanstead was given the prestigious honour at the London School of Theology, in Northwood on November 21 after being nominated by youth coordinator, Kathorine O’Brien.

Rose has been a member of the congregation for almost half of her life and she is now a Eucharistic minister and serves morning mass every Sunday.

“I have always wanted to help”, Rose said. “My sisters became alter servers and inspired me to get involved in community service.”

Miss O’Brien said: “She is a confident and enthusiastic young person, who shows an incredible commitment to the parish and her local community.

“She definitely inspires others in the process and is keen to support in any way she can.”

Rose has also worked at the British Heart Foundation for the past three years while was she was doing her A-levels in school after her mum encouraged her to get involved with volunteering.

She is now finishing her exams and is hoping to take a year gap before returning back to full-time education.

In her spare time, she loves shopping and watching films just like any other teenage girl.

Despite her passion for volunteering and serving the community, she is hoping to go to university and become a primary school teacher.

Commenting on her volunteering award, Miss O’Brien said: “This is a very well deserved accolade and I’m really pleased that Rose‘s dedication has been celebrated and recognised on a wider scale.

“She is a true inspiration for everyone.”

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