YMCA BARRY calls on community to vote for its ‘Young Leader’ and ‘Young Worker’ ahead of prestigious national youth awards ceremony

YMCA Barry is asking local people to vote for one of its inspiring young people ahead of a prestigious national youth awards ceremony

The local youth charity, which has operated in Barry for the past 128 years has nominated YMCA young person, Charlotte Gabb as Young Leader of the Year and Megan Cooke as Young Worker of the Year in the Youth Matters Awards 2018.

Youth Matters is YMCA’s national awards programme that has been an integral part of the charity’s calendar since 2009.

Charlotte and Megan are up against four other young people from across the country within their award categories. Other award categories are Young Achiever of the Year, Young Campaigner of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year, as well as two special awards with winners chosen only by the judges, Red Triangle Award and We Believe Award.

Megan and Charlotte have been nominated for the awards due to their commitment to engage the children of Barry and the surrounding area into gymnastics. Charlotte and Megan work tirelessly to ensure that the children they teach are introduced to the sport in a positive and enjoyable way to help them continue a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

The online public vote opens on 8 August and runs until midnight on 22 August. Votes cast by the public will be combined with judges’ choices and the three finalists will be announced on 24 August. All the finalists will attend the ceremony at the exclusive venue 8 Northumberland Avenue, in central London, where the winner will be announced.

Charlotte Gabb, nominated for Young Leader of the Year said: “I’m truly humbled to be recognised by such a big organisation and flattered to have made the semi-final! I can’t wait to meet other people from various YMCA’s and learn about their experiences and what they do.”

Megan Cooke, nominated for Young Worker of the Year said “I am thrilled to be nominated for this award within such an inspirational organisation as the YMCA, which has encouraged me from a young age to continues to support the young children and family’s I work with today.”

Sophie Erickson, YMCA Barry’s gymnastics manager and last years finalist for the Young Leader award said “It is deservedly so that Megan and Charlotte have been recognised for all their hard work by YMCA England and Wales and a fantastic achievement to get through to the semi-finals. We hope that the community can get behind Charlotte and Megan to help get them to the Final.”

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 Leader of the Year Award recognises a young person for their ability to make a real difference in their YMCA by bringing about positive change, working with vision and inspiring others.

Vote for YMCA Young Leader of the Year 2018 at www.ymca.org.uk/vote and YMCA England & Wales on Twitter to join the conversation using #YMCAYouthAwards

For more information on Youth Matters, visit www.ymca.org.uk/awards. For more information on YMCA BARRY visit www.ymcabarry.org.uk

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