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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Lori praised for social work efforts

A CARING young social worker who has dedicated much of her career so far to supporting Ukrainian refugees in the region received well-earned recognition last week.

Lori Downing was praised by Dumfries and Galloway councillors in the final full council meeting of the year for her efforts assisting so many people fleeing their war-torn country.

She was hailed in a speech at the beginning of the meeting by council convener, Councillor Malcolm Johnstone, who detailed Lori’s efforts which began in 2022.

And this comes a month after Lori, from Dumfries, picked up the Bright Spark in Social Work award at the 2023 Scottish Social Services Awards. Councillor Johnstone said: “In 2022, soon into her 120-day placement in the council’s social work service, Lori joined the resettlement team that provides support to victims of the Ukraine crisis.

“Quickly learning the legislative and political context of the crisis, and developing vital resources to support colleagues and those arriving from Ukraine, Lori has become a vital member of the team.

“She has continued to go above and beyond to support our Ukrainian guests.

“Indeed, in some circumstances, she is the only one to whom some families feel comfortable enough to disclose to.

“Lori is an inspiration and well deserving of this prestigious award.”

This year’s Scottish Social Services Awards took place at Glasgow Science Centre, and were hosted by Scottish weatherman Sean Batty.

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