YMCA Humber has been announced as the winner of the coveted YMCA of the Year Award at a spectacular celebration in Central London
YMCA Humber were honoured at YMCA England’s national Youth Matters Awards, hosted by comedian and presenter Richard Blackwood on Wednesday 11 December.
for their Community House Project which was set up in 2010 to provide ex-offending males between the ages of 18-25 with a stepping stone to independent living. Here mentors are on hand to provide support and the service has been successful in helping clients beat addictions, refrain from criminal activities and move forward by gaining qualifications and full-time employment.
Youth Matters is YMCA’s national awards ceremony, which celebrates the vital work that YMCAs throughout the country deliver every day to help transform the lives of young people and give them a brighter future.
The YMCA of the Year Award recognises a YMCA which has delivered in the past year an innovative and inspiring local project, programme or scheme that has created a tangible and positive impact on young people and the wider community.
Jim Hudson and Mark Brewer from YMCA Humber were presented with a trophy and certificate at Church House in Westminster by YMCA Vice President Colin Williams and Denise Hatton, YMCA England chief executive, in front of an audience including singer and Youth Matters performer Leanne Jarvis from The Voice, MPs, Trustees, YMCA young people and staff from across England.
On winning the award, Malcolm Smith, Chief Executive of YMCA Humber, said: “For our YMCA to win this award is a fantastic achievement. We are delighted to be formally recognised for the dedication of all staff, volunteers and young people who have contributed to our projects. Together we have worked hard to support the young people who come through our doors and helped to transform and enrich their lives. I hope that everyone feels as proud as I am to receive this very special honour.”