A MAN from Runcorn was shortlisted for a prestigious national award following his efforts volunteering for the Youth Justice Service in Cheshire.

Michael Hennessey, who joined the service in 2004, was presented his Butler Trust shortlisting certificate by the police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane, at the youth Cheshire conference.

Michael is a regular referral order panel member in Halton and Warrington, and was nominated for the award - that acknowledges excellent work and time given to the service - last year.

Chris Dunn, act-up manager and volunteer co-ordinator at Cheshire Youth Justice Services, said: “Michael is dedicated to the service, and has often gone above and beyond, standing in at short notice when someone is unwell.

“He’s been a champion of change to improve the service and ensure that young people’s needs are at the forefront of everything we do.”

After retiring from a career in education, Michael, who is also a governor, has also supported the Youth Justice Service with referral order panels, mentoring, supporting reparation and providing training to future volunteers.

He is also a volunteer for the local food bank.

For further information about becoming a volunteer with the Youth Offending Service, you can contact Chris Dunn on 03451 450 055.