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Hannah in Youth Matters Final

October 21, 2015

An inspiring young person from Cleethorpes has reached the finals of a prestigious national youth awards ceremony.

Hannah McMahon, 23, a Key Worker at YMCA Humber is one of three young staff members from across YMCAs to make it through to the finals of the Young Worker of the Year category at the annual Youth Matters Awards 2015.

Youth Matters is the YMCA federation’s national awards programme that has been an integral part of the charity’s calendar since 2009. Other categories at Youth Matters include YMCA of the Year, Young Leader of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year.

Hannah made it through to the finals after being shortlisted by YMCA judges and getting through a rigorous public vote over August. She was nominated as it was felt they had helped the lives of some of the region’s most vulnerable young people.

Hannah said: “I am really excited to be a finalist for such a significant award and to have reached this stage of the process.

“I am so honoured to be given the chance to attend the ceremony, let alone be nominated for an award. I want to represent YMCA Humber, because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

The overall winner in each category will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Porchester Hall, in Bayswater, central London, on Thursday 22 October.

Youth Matters celebrates the outstanding skills and achievements of young people from across the country. It also recognises the vital work that YMCAs deliver every day to help transform the lives of young people and give them a brighter future.

The Young Worker of the Year Award recognises a young worker for their outstanding commitment to building a brighter future for young people and for going the extra mile to make a real difference to their lives.

Jocelyn Dennis, 27, Community Youth Worker at YMCA Humber nominated Hannah for the award.

She added: “I nominated Hannah for the award because I find her work with the young people at YMCA very inspirational and she is a pleasure to work alongside.”

YMCA Humber has been operating in North East Lincolnshire since 1906. It runs services including the Peaks Lane Housing Project and Foyer in Grimsby

For more information on Youth Matters, visit www.ymca.org.uk/awards. For more information on YMCA Humber, visit www.ymca-humber.com.