YMCA North Staffordshire has been shortlisted to receive the YMCA of the Year Award in this year’s prestigious YMCA Youth Matters Awards. Residents are now being encouraged to lend their support and help get the charity to the final stage of the judging process in an exciting online vote.

The judging panel noted YMCA North Staffordshire’s commitment to step-changing the way it delivers products and services to young people and their families. Over 1500 residents are now accessing the organisation’s diverse range of services and groups each week including sports, creative arts, education, employment support, youth leadership programmes, specialist family work and health services.

Youth Matters is YMCA’s national awards ceremony which celebrates the outstanding skills and achievements of young people from across the organisation. It also recognises the vital work that YMCAs throughout the country deliver every day to help transform the lives of young people and give them a brighter future.

The YMCA of the Year Award recognises a YMCA which has delivered in the past 12 months an innovative and inspiring local project, programme or scheme that has created a tangible and positive impact on young people and the wider community.

YMCA North Staffordshire is one of five YMCAs shortlisted from the 114 YMCAs across England, which will battle it out in an online vote for this hotly contested honour. The three nominees with the most votes progress onto the final stage where they will be judged by members of a high-profile panel.

Daniel Flynn, Chief Executive of YMCA North Staffordshire, said:

“We are overjoyed and excited to be nominated for such a significant award and to have reached this stage of the process. Being shortlisted is not only a honour for us but reflects our strong commitment to the young people of North Staffordshire. We hope everyone in the local community will show their support and vote for us.”


The nomination profiles and all-important online voting is now live and open to the public through YMCA England’s website until Wednesday 8 October.