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Alice finalist Young Worker of the year 2017 #YMA17

Alice finalist Young Worker of the year 2017 #YMA17

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UPDATE - We are delighted to say that Alice was one of 3 national finalists for Young Worker of the Year 2017 - greatly deserved!

on the night she was just pipped to the post by an amazing young worker from Wales.  We all know that Alice is still the best Young Worker of the Year in England! 

You can hear more from Alice in one of the recent #IAMWHOLE campaign videos

and Alice is also in the YMCA Highlights of the Year video here

Press Release

17th August 2017

YMCA West Kent calls on community to vote for its ‘Young Worker’ Alice ahead of prestigious national youth awards ceremony
YMCA West Kent is asking people to vote for Alice, one of their inspiring young staff, ahead of a prestigious national youth awards ceremony hosted this autumn by businesswoman, Sky presenter and
BBC's The Apprentice winner, Michelle Dewberry.

 The local charity, which has operated in West Kent for 27 years nominated Alice Flory as Young Worker of the Year in the Youth Matters Awards 2017.  Youth Matters is a national awards programme that has been an integral part of the YMCA calendar since 2009.

 Alice is up against five other young workers from across the country within her award category.  Other award categories include YMCA of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Young Leader of the Year.

 Alice has been entered for this award because she is an outstanding role model to young people she works with. She is able to meet them at their level and form trusting relationships so she can encourage them in all aspects of their lives and development. She is a resourceful, forward thinker, leading detached youth work projects in several local estates so young people there can access support; and she has made great headway in relations with local communities. When given management tasks she is more than capable of stepping up and risen to the challenge enthusiastically and with maturity beyond her years.  Alice has shown her enthusiasm and commitment by taking on a Mountain Bike Challenge in Wales, completing a Youth Work apprenticeship as well as leading and taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.  She also works alongside young people with special needs helping them access the YMCA carpentry and plumbing training at the HORIZON Project.  She also regularly volunteers in the community.

 Voting runs online until midnight Friday 25 August. Votes cast by the public will be combined with judges’ choices and the three finalists will be announced on 29 August. Finalists will attend the ceremony at the exclusive venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue, in central London, where the winner will be announced.

 Alice said: “I am really excited to be nominated for such a significant award and to have reached this stage of the process.  My life has changed so much since getting involved with YMCA and I hope everyone will support me by voting. To make it through to the final would be incredible.”

 Rob Marsh, CEO of West Kent YMCA adds: “Alice is such a deserving contender for the Young Worker of the Year award. She is so passionate, enthusiastic and reliable. She is calm in a crisis and a great role model for young people and staff. She is extremely conscientious, putting young people first, is an excellent advocate and a very effective, non-judgemental listener. Every team should have an Alice! The award would be fabulous recognition of how much we value her work.”

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 Worker of the Year Award recognises a young worker (aged under 30) for their outstanding commitment to building a brighter future for young people and for going the extra mile to make a real difference to their lives.

 For information on Youth Matters or to vote visit www.ymca.org.uk/awards OR VOTE at http://surveys.ymca.org.uk/s/2017-young-worker-of-the-year  
 For updates visit www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/alice   Follow YMCA England 
on Twitter (ymcaeng_wales) and join the conversation using #YMA17  


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To arrange interviews or photos please contact Rob Marsh, CEO West Kent YMCA on M/text 07941 388 852 | T 01892 542 209 or email info@WestKentYMCA.org.uk


For more information on the Youth Matters Awards, contact Ramona Aning, Senior Press and PR Officer, E: ramona.aning@ymca.org.uk   T: 020 7186 9544


Notes to editors:


YMCA Youth Matters Awards


The concept of honouring the exceptional work and practice of YMCAs across England was born in 2009, with the event developing into the Youth Matters it is today in 2017.


The categories for this year’s Youth Matters Awards are:


  • Young Leader of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Worker of the Year
  • Young Achiever of the Year
  • Young Campaigner of the Year
  • YMCA of the Year
  • Best Health and Wellbeing Project
  • Best Training and Education Project
  • Best Accommodation Project
  • Best Family Work
  • Red Triangle Award
  • We Believe Award


Winners of the Red Triangle and We Believe awards are chosen by judges while winners of all other categories are chosen through a mixture of public vote and judges’ decisions.


YMCA England & Wales


  • YMCA England & Wales is made up of 116 member YMCAs working to ensure young people have opportunities to thrive and contribute positively to their communities.
  • YMCA England & Wales operates in over 700 communities across England and Wales impacting upon the lives of more than 630,000 people every year.
  • YMCA provides a home to more than 18,000 people experiencing homelessness each year making us the largest voluntary sector provider of supported housing for young people in England and Wales.
  • YMCA England & Wales enables more than 68,000 people every year to engage in education and training to enable them to improve their opportunities in the job market.
  • With 60 gyms and 125,000 people engaged in our health and wellbeing services, YMCA is the largest voluntary sector provider of services promoting physical activity in England and Wales.
  • YMCA England & Wales provides mental health advice and counselling for more than 17,000 young people every year.
  • For further information please visit www.ymca.org.uk

Photo  Alice Flory – during her V4C Youth Work in a local community.