Martin Bushaway from YMCA St Paul’s Group triumphed over strong competition and was crowned Young Volunteer of the Year at the highly anticipated return of YMCA’s Youth Matters Awards on Friday 5th November 2021.
Martin, official volunteer with the YMCA St Paul’s Group Community Activities Team in Wimbledon, won the title at the leading youth charity’s national ceremony, which was held at the exclusive Sheraton Grand Hotel in London’s Park Lane and hosted by acclaimed comedian and expert quizzer of ITV’s The Chase, Paul Sinha.
The Young Volunteer of the Year Award recognises a dedicated young volunteer who has shown tireless commitment to YMCA and contributed energy, skills and time. Martin was one of three young people to make it through to the awards night after battling through judges’ shortlisting and an online public vote.
Martin was praised by judges for his dedication and commitment to volunteering during the pandemic. Initially, throwing himself into volunteering with the YMCA Humanitarian Aid Project, Martin developed a group of YMCA Wimbledon resident volunteers. After successfully implementing this project, Martin now volunteers with YMCA St Paul’s Group’s Community Activities Team.
On winning the award, Martin Bushaway said:
I am over the moon and so grateful to have won such a significant award – even reaching the final stage was overwhelming!
My life has changed so much since getting involved with YMCA and I appreciate everyone who has supported me along the way. Thank you to everyone who made this night possible, your encouragement means the world.
Youth Matters is YMCA’s national awards programme marking an integral part of the charity’s calendar since 2009, and was sorely missed last year due to COVID-19. It celebrates the outstanding skills and achievements of young people from across the country and also recognises the vital work that YMCAs deliver every day. After an incredibly challenging time, this year’s awards are even more vital in recognising the innovation and resilience shown by YMCAs in the continued and unwavering support shown for their communities.
YMCA St Paul’s Group is a leading provider of youth and community services and one of London’s largest providers of specialist supported housing. The vision of YMCA St Paul’s Group is to create places where young people thrive and communities flourish.
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