Helen’s at centre of help for the young

Helen Azar nominated for the Guardian Rose by her daughter forthe work she does at the Centre Place charity
Helen Azar nominated for the Guardian Rose by her daughter forthe work she does at the Centre Place charity
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Hundreds of young people pass through The Centre Place in Worksop every year, in need of an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or a leg up in life.

And Helen Azar Sadler, general manager at the Abbey Street drop-in spot, has been there for each of them, helping with issues like homelessness, money advice and young parenting on a daily basis.

Helen started as a volunteer nine years ago and has totally immersed herself into the The Centre Place.

And her daughter Keeley, 16, wanted to show how much her work is appreciated, by giving her our Guardian Rose.

“I have been volunteering here too and I’ve heard how highly the young people think of her. The Centre Place has literally saved peoples’ lives,” said Keeley, who studies health and social care at North Notts College.

“Mumworks such long hours and brings her work home. Everyone here is always on her mind. I used to wish she was at home more but now I understand why she can’t be.”

Service user Callum Sawyer, 20, said Helen and the rest of the team dragged him from the depths of depression and homelessness when he came for help three years ago.

“Centre Place saved my life. I have gone from being a massive wreck and under the wrong influences to having my own place and a purpose to my life,” he said. “Helen went out of her way to help me and she’d do the same for anyone. We love her.”

Helen said she was ‘surprised’ and ‘overwhelmed’ by the Guardian Rose. She dedicated it to her whole team.