Tom Glynn wins “Halifax Giving Extra Award”

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Tom Glynn

Group leader “Tom Glynn” won the “Halifax Giving Extra” award for the West Lancashire region.

Halifax Giving Extra team was inundated with entries from dedicated and passionate volunteers from across the region, but our group leader Tom was selected above the rest.

Here is the shortened nomination:

What does the person you’re nominating do that demonstrates how they’re giving extra?

Tom is an inspiration to all. He set up a community youth group in 2004 when he was 18 and still runs it now, voluntary. He mentors teenagers and children to reach their goals and keep out of trouble. He advocates youth volunteering and now recruits volunteer as his day job for a local charity.

What positive difference has the nominee made to your life or other’s lives?

In the years that I have known Tom he has helped many teenagers to get their first job. He made sure we had learned transferable skills. He’s helped us to identify our goal, visit other countries and understand that we are part of the community and we can make a difference to the lives of others.

Please tell us why you think this person deserves the Halifax Giving Extra Award

Tom never does anything for himself he is always thinking of others, by boosting their confidence, helping them to be employed, mentoring people, being a good role model and trying to change the world. I feel Tom deserves to have some recognition as he is constantly giving extra.

Bridging the Gap, Think Global, Act Local : Make the connection!


Our group leader “Tom Glynn” traveled to Asturias, Spain to take part in an intense training course around “Global Action and Global Education”.
The aim of this international training course was to support youth workers to incorporate global perspectives into their work with young people in order to facilitate action for a fairer society.

Tom Said:

The training has given me the knowledge, skills, confidence, networks and the tools to tackle local issues. The outcome of tackling the local issues will then be beneficial in tackling and understanding those issues on global scale and how they can overcome. I will be able to explain that everyone is in the same boat and together we can make a difference and change the world.

The workshops methods, tools, drama, peer learning, stories, reflection time and creative methods have educated me in ways which I can highlight issues, create discussions, bring people together, break down barriers and create the mindset to understand global issues and global education through youth work.

The increase knowledge or Erasmus + programme has helped me to put together the ideas for my own training programme which will combat issues affecting Britain and Europe in a way which is pioneering here in Britain.

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