Exceptional young people, staff, volunteers, projects and YMCAs from across England and Wales have been honoured at the 10th annual Youth Matters Awards.

Hosted by Nihal Arthanayake, radio presenter at BBC 5 Live, the dazzling celebration took place at 8 Northumberland Avenue in Central London on Friday 8 November. Six remarkable young people, five projects, one YMCA and one staff member were officially recognised and awarded.

We are delighted to announce the winners as:

Young Achiever of the Year, sponsored by Charity Bank – Jessica Whelan, YMCA Cardiff

Young Leader of the Year, sponsored by John Facer – Charlie Smith, YMCA Norfolk

Young Volunteer of the Year – Grace O’Donovan, YMCA North Staffordshire

Young Worker of the Year – Ella Sowton, YMCA East Surrey

Young Campaigner of the Year – Adele Tondu, YMCA Thames Gateway

YMCA of the Year, sponsored by Protecture – YMCA North Staffordshire

Diversity Award – Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking children, YMCA Guildford Foyer, YMCA DownsLink Group

Accommodation Project of the Year – Sir James Knott House, YMCA North Tyneside

Family Work Project of the Year – The Holly Project, YMCA Wellington & District

Health & Wellbeing Project of the Year – Heads Together, YMCA East Surrey

raining & Education Project of the Year, sponsored by Bates Wells – Discovery College, YMCA Plymouth

Red Triangle Award – Lenny Allan, YMCA Black Country Group

We Believe Award, sponsored by Sir Alan Rudge – Safiyyah Patel, YMCA St Paul’s Group

The stage was set alight by James Thomson, star of the BBC show ‘All Together Now,’ in two astounding performances.

Huge congratulations to all our award winners and nominees and a big thank you to everyone who contributed to make this year’s Youth Matters Awards an evening to remember!