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Emma Taylor - Volunteer of the Year Awards

We are delighted to congratulate Emma Taylor on becoming runner up in the National YMCA Young Volunteer of the Year Award 2019, Emma is pictured attending the awards ceremony for the event in London
 
As a part of Sixth Form studies students can opt to study a ‘hands on’ vocational course at one of our partner colleges, Emma chose to study childcare at Discovery College and not only achieved an A grade in this qualification she also completed some excellent volunteering and work experience, making her incredibly attractive to future employers.
 
Throughout her two years volunteering for the soft play service, Emma was actively involved in planning sessions, dealing with first aid incidents, working with children and leading various activities from craft, games and preparing healthy snacks.
 
As a young person with autism, Emma used her own personal experience with the condition to be attentive to other children who are on the autistic spectrum. Her particular ability to engage, involve and encourage these children made her an incredible volunteer, with a unique ability to reach out to children who may otherwise be more challenging to engage.
 
Emma used her skills in the inclusive sports clubs she volunteers for, helping young people with additional needs get active and enjoy the benefits of sport. She was involved in everything from working with children, engaging with parents, setting up and planning sessions.
 
Emma’s own journey over her two years of volunteering has seen her grow in confidence, overcome challenges, and achieve things she never thought she could. A very friendly and hardworking person who consistently goes above and beyond, Emma is an inspiring volunteer that is liked by all who work with her.

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