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Volunteer receives Internationally Recognised Award

May 2, 2019

CONOR, a volunteer for YMCA Humber, gained recognition for his hard work and dedication earning himself a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.


After a year and a half of hard work Conor has been rewarded for undertaking and completing a wide variety of challenges demonstrating commitment, consistency and determination.

He has been volunteering for 2 years at YMCA Humber mainly as a member of the charity’s Community Orchard Team, weeding, pruning, clearing foliage and laying pipes; he has also been happy to lend a hand in painting and decorating accommodation rooms with the maintenance staff. This volunteering experience has assisted Conor with completing his award, allowing him to develop new skills and gain 1 year in voluntary experience required.

Part of the award saw Conor ascending, one of Yorkshire’s peaks, Ingleborough (723m; 2,372ft). This was quite an expedition, it tested his map-reading and planning skills and put him against the elements often having to pitch up tent on rough terrain.

Conor is extremely happy to have received the award, being presented it at an official ceremony by The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Cllr Hazel Chase.

Conor Said:

“I was beside myself, absolutely ecstatic. I was mostly ecstatic that my mum, Alan and my friend joined me for the ceremony.

“It was such a surreal feeling to finish it, I still can’t believe it, it still feels like there must be more to do.

“Now that I have proven to myself what I am capable of, I wonder what else I can do!”

Alan Burley, YMCA Humber’s Volunteer Coordinator, attended Conor’s Duke of Edinburgh Gold Presentation Evening last week where Conor received his award.

Alan Burley said:

“I was delighted to support Conor on his special night, we are all delighted that he was able to complete the voluntary elements of his award with us.

“Volunteering with our horticulture team Conor has shared those experiences alongside our residents learning like them new skills and becoming more self-confident and independent. He is a credit to himself and our charity.

“As I have said to him many times he should be very proud of his journey towards his Gold Award he has achieved so much and is a credit to himself and YMCA Humber.”

Conor still volunteers with YMCA Humber to this day, here is an interview with him about his volunteering experience on the the charity’s environmental projects.