YMCA Swansea trustee wins top accolade

4th July 2017

YMCA Swansea Deputy Chair Trustee, Phil Treseder, picked up a top accolade at the Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards in Cardiff recently.

Phil received the ‘Trustee of the Year’ award for his outstanding commitment and the impact he has made to YMCA Swansea during the past ten years.

The Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards were set up by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action in 2004 to shine the spotlight on the incredible people in Wales who help their communities in all sorts of remarkable ways.

Phil’s extensive experience in the youth work and children’s rights sector, led him to taking up the role of Chair Trustee at YMCA Swansea in 2007. Since then Phil has worked one full day a week, every week at YMCA, whilst balancing a career at Swansea Museum and working as a funding consultant.

During recent economically difficult times, Phil’s skills and knowledge have been fundamental in winning funding applications to establish new projects. This has ensured that YMCA Swansea continues to support the most vulnerable community groups.

In 2016, YMCA Swansea were winners in the Youth Work Excellence Awards and WCVA’s Best Governance Awards, both of which would not have been possible without Phil’s infinite support and mentoring.

His passion for giving young people a voice has often seen Phil running young people’s consultation events at YMCA Swansea, tackling a range of issues.

YMCA Swansea Chief Executive Officer, Anne-Marie Rogan, said: “We are delighted for Phil as this award is true recognition for everything he has done for YMCA Swansea.

“With Phil’s leadership and support, we are the first YMCA in Wales that has built a Pan-Wales portfolio of projects and has participated in European and global youth projects.

“Our services at YMCA Swansea are increasing each and every year and this is because we have volunteer trustee’s like Phil who bring innovative ideas and dedicate their time and passion into the YMCA.

“Our turnover and number of employees have grown considerably during Phil’s tenure, which means we continue to help and change the lives of more and more people each year.”

Phil has helped to attract like-minded organisations to work from the YMCA building, making it a central hub for support services in Swansea. He’s also in the process of planning a refurbishment project to ensure the longevity of the building, which has been providing support services in Swansea for 150 years.

Phil Treseder said: “I am shocked and humbled to win this award, but proud of the recognition for YMCA Swansea. I have been a trustee for ten years now, and I still continued to be inspired by the first class work undertaken by all the staff and volunteers.”

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