YMCA Newcastle staff attended The North East Charity Awards to celebrate the success of one of their social enterprises, Urban Mushrooms. Urban Mushrooms was shortlisted for the 'Social Enterprise of the Year Award' thanks to both the hard work of all the Urban Mushrooms staff and volunteers. 


 Urban Mushrooms came 2nd out of the hundreds of applicants for this award which is an astonishing achievement. Although they did not win, Urban Mushrooms was deemed 'Highly Commended' at the awards ceremony. Over the past 12 months Urban Mushrooms has:

  • Provided 2,413 hours of training to 12 young staff members
  • Created 4 new employee posts
  • Collected 6,000kg of coffee and prevented it from going to landfil


 Staff from our head office, youth projects and some of our trustees came together to celebrate Urban Mushrooms' achievements over the last 12 months. The awards dinner proved more exciting for one of our Urban Mushrooms young trainees in particular, as the night caught up with him on the mini-bus ride home where he fell asleep on the shoulder of Jeff, our CEO!

                                           YMCA Newcastle Staff on the Journey to the Awards