A SCAPEGOAT Hill man has retired from youth work after devoting more than 40 years of his life to the younger generation.
Peter Woodhouse, 61, was honoured by colleagues and young people for his work with Kirklees Council's youth service.
At his final session at the Phoenix Youth Club in Holmfirth, he was presented with a bottle of brandy, a basket of fruit, a garden shrub, gardening tools, golf accessories and chocolates.
On December 31, he officially ends his time as youth adviser for Holme Valley South.
For the past seven years he has worked as an adviser for youth clubs in Holmfirth, Scholes, New Mill and for the Snaps group for disabled people.
He began his youth work when he was 18, on a voluntary basis, at Deighton Youth Centre.
He said: "I was too old to join the club, so I thought I'd help with the younger ones."
He began getting paid for his three nights a week at the centre when he was 20, in 1962.
He worked there for a further three years before qualifying as a football coach and moving to St John's Youth Club in Birkby.
He then moved to Bradley Youth Club for eight years, again as a football coach.
He worked as assistant leader at Heckmondwike Youth Club for three years before becoming leader at Skelmanthorpe Youth Club.
He helped raise £55,000 to buy and renovate the youth club building and created a sensory garden.
During that time he also changed his full-time day job from education to social work.
From 1983, he worked in Huddersfield Borough Council's child protection department.
He said: "I think I have used my social work skills with the young people to try and help them. I liked the challenge and I liked trying to motivate them to find something they wanted to do."
After 17 years at Skelmanthorpe Youth Club he became adviser for the Holme Valley.
Mr Woodhouse said he did not want to stop youth work, but his day job was demanding.
He works as an LEA inspector for Ofsted.
He said: "For all 38 years I have been married I have been out most nights.
"I even got my wife Andrea into youth work for 27 years so she wouldn't mind me doing it as much.
"So I think it's time I spent some time at home with her for a change!"