Ryan O'Neill

Ryan O’Neill is 21 and studying for a degree in Psychiatric Nursing. Since leaving Bishop Hedley Catholic High School in Merthyr Tydfil, Ryan has come to appreciate the environment where he studied, which nurtured his values and faith, influenced his choice of career and enabled him to be respond to the world around him. Merthyr Tydfil has been severely impacted by the economic decline. Ryan wished to give something back to the community, so for the past 18 months he has been voluntarily returning to school, helping pupils as a learning support assistant. Ryan took it upon himself to organise support from the wider community. He has started supporting the PE department and has organised girls’ football trips and entries into competitions. He can see beyond the activity to its impact on raising the girls’ self- esteem. Ryan also organised a speaker to talk about prostate cancer and how to be aware of its symptoms. 

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Bruno Gambini

Bruno Gambini has been a much loved Youth Worker in the city of Derby for over 30 years. You could probably walk into any parish within the city and people would smile on hearing his name. Those who work alongside him explain “Bruno doesn't see himself as a youth worker, yet the work he continually does with young people year after year is simply wonderful. Bruno doesn't see himself as a Youth Minister but the amount of young people who have stuck with their faith because of Bruno's gentle but powerful witness is amazing.” Bruno understands that life as a teenager can be hard, sometimes deadly boring and very often confusing. Bruno is a constant presence of fun, sound advice and unfailing encouragement. “Bruno loves young people and young people love him, it really is that simple.” Bruno’s commitment is unfailing - he's always there. He works in parish youth groups, confirmation programmes, within the deaf community and is a regular on the HCPT Lourdes pilgrimages.

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