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Our volunteer awarded Gold for Merton Volunteer of the Year

June 22, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that one of our volunteers at YMCA John Innes in Wimbledon has been awarded Gold for Merton’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

In 2015, Cat Tanganhito become a young volunteer after attending youth clubs at YMCA John Innes for over five years. She is responsible for set-up of all the music equipment, welcoming and hosting and supporting the many challenging needs our young people are facing.

Cat has helped hundreds of young people develop their musical abilities through co-leading our ‘Jam’ sessions at Music Room, and afterschool music club for young people aged 11-19. She sets up the equipment, runs the sound desk as well as teaching individuals how to play music.

Paul Rook, Area Children, Youth and Families Manager says: “Cat won her award because of the level of commitment she demonstrates to the club, team and young people – she always goes the extra mile. She encourages, equips, and empowers our young people to overcome difficult challenges by investing in them.”

Cat says: “I never expected to win the gold award but when I did I was excited and proud of myself for achieving this”.

“What I love about volunteering is helping the young people to improve their music skills and help them with what they need, and knowing that they trust me enough for me to help them.”