YMCA volunteer awarded in 'BAFTAs of charitable leisure industry'

Steve Whitmore, one of our longest-standing volunteers, won an Outstanding Community Achievement for his good work
9 June 2016

A Central YMCA volunteer was rewarded for 25-years service at an awards ceremony often decribed as the 'BAFTAs of charitable leisure industry'.

Steve Whitmore, one of Central YMCA's longest-standing volunteers, won the Outstanding Community Achievement at the Sporta AGM 10th Anniversary Awards held in Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre on 11th May.

The glittering event, hosted by BBC sports presenter Garry Richardson, recognises sport, leisure and culture facilities and services across the country.

"It was a complete shock."

“My category was the last one announced," Steve said. "I was up against some very worthy candidates. It was a complete shock. I was so pleased that Positive Health were acknowledged too.”

For more than 25 years Steve has provided 2,500 hours of his time, supporting and motivating Central YMCA members in community programmes such as Positive Health.

Positive Health is an pioneering exercise referral programme, originally set up in 1997, which offers advice and structured activities to those living with HIV and AIDS. Steve’s role as a volunteer involves mentoring those referrered to the scheme who are in need of extra support and guidance.

Sporta is the national association of leisure and cultural trusts. Members operate in a wide range of communities across the UK – from the Cornwall to the Western Highlands.

A role model to other YMCA Positive Health volunteers, Steve regularly shares his knowledge to the rest of the team.