About the Awards

The first week of June every year marks Volunteers’ Week, a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. For 2019 YMCA Scarborough is working together with Voluntary and Community Sector organisations across Scarborough and Ryedale to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal work that goes on in the region, without which we would all be poorer.

A night of awards and celebration was held in the YMCA Theatre on June 5th where members of our communities were recognised for their contributions across twelve award areas. It was a fantastic night and made all the more special by the people winning the awards and their stories.

You can see an overview of the categories and winners, as well as some photos from the night below.

The Categories and Winners 2019

Inspirational Volunteer

Recognising volunteers that have overcome difficulties/adversity and used that life experience to help others.

WINNER – Pam Johnson

Environmental Hero

Individual or group responsible for protecting our beautiful countryside and coastline.

WINNER – Whitby Beach Sweep

New Project of the Year

An opportunity to recognise something fresh and new which has started since January 2018. This could be a group or activity which is having a big impact on its beneficiaries.

WINNER – Kidz Making Good

Campaigning and Awareness Raising Champion

This category is open to volunteers who have dedicated their time to awareness raising and campaigning to bring about change at a local or national level.

WINNER – We Are Scarborough

Fundraiser of the Year

Volunteers (individual or team) who have dedicated their time to raising money for their charity. Whether it’s taking on a daring individual challenge or organising a community fundraising event.

WINNER – Tony Mollica

Spotlight Award

The Spotlight Award focuses on a particular theme that’s important in our community today. This year’s theme is Work to Reduce Loneliness and Social Isolation.

WINNER – Whitby, Staithes and BayThorpe Sheds

Youth Champion

An individual or team of young people who’ve made a real difference

WINNER – Thomas Dingley

Trustee / Board Member of the Year

Honouring the unsung board members without whom, most charities wouldn’t exist; someone who’s shown great leadership and direction for a local charity.

WINNER – Alan Evans

Best Neighbourhood Volunteer

Individual or team that makes a significant difference to the community in their local neighbourhood, whether through formal volunteering or just being a brilliant neighbour.

WINNER – Stewart Lorains

Pioneer of the Year

Open to volunteers who have taken a leap into the unknown, used creativity and innovation to bring about change in the community.

WINNER – Graham Storer

Community Organisation of the Year

An Organisation big or small that provides a fantastic service for their local community

WINNER – Gallows Close Centre

The Venerable Volunteer

Open to volunteers who continue to contribute year on year, longstanding service award.

WINNER – Rita Highton

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