All the hard work and success of our volunteers and staff have been recognised recently with awards and nominations. We are so proud to have such a committed bunch of people on board!
Celebrating success of EveryBodyCanDance
Our Inclusive Lives project team won a Silver Award at the Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards, which was hosted by Merton Voluntary Services Council. They also won a Team London Volunteering Award. This special recognition was for a fitness video they produced in collaboration with FilmanthropyUK called EveryBodyCanDance. It encourages people to get active and have fun, with or without disabilities.
Celebrating success of Lew Alleyene
At the Team London Awards, Lew Alleyne won an individual award for his volunteering at YMCA Hayes in West London. Lew has been volunteering for the last 10 years, working at the drop in café with over 16s, the job club and the football sessions which run at Botwell Green Leisure centre. Lewellyn first got into volunteering with YMCA Hayes when he was a resident at the hostel. He moved out after five years, but continued to be dedicated to volunteering. “I just wanted to give back,” he says.
Celebrating success of Youth Worker Alan Maphosa
Our Youth Worker based at YMCA Hayes is Alan Maphosa. He was a finalist in the Young Worker of the Year category at the recent national YMCA Youth Matters Awards. Alan is 27 and came to the UK as a refugee from South Africa aged 17. He lived in care until the age of 21 when he was referred to YMCA South Ealing as a resident.
Alan completed the Get on Track employment and mentoring programme, after which he started volunteering for YMCA and is now a qualified youth worker. He has also qualified as a boxing tutor and football coach with the support of YMCA. He is now the lead on four football projects, three boxing projects and two youth work projects across three London boroughs.