We are very proud to announce that our Reading YMCA has been Nominated for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. We believe that all young people deserve to have a safe place to live and the opportunity to reach their full potential. We also aim to support the wider community and bring different groups in the community together to support each other.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
We currently have a minimum of 25 volunteers at any one point and work with around 100 volunteers who give a few hours to help our community throughout the year. We receive many volunteers who work within our Parkside café, who we are truly grateful for due to the development of new interest from local groups throughout the community. We are being kept busy within the café and therefore those extra pair of hands are especially helpful during those hungry lunchtime hours! We are now working with Reading University on work experience and placements starting this coming University year so we believe for this figure to increase dramatically.
We are very happy to add this success to our past nominations of YMCA Reading being a finalist in YMCA of the year in 2014, regarding our YBuild Project that employs 5 apprentices in to the construction industry. As well as employing an apprentice to work alongside our Café Manager. We hope to employee further apprentices for the Parkside café in the near future.