High Sheriff rewards young people in the community

The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear, Mr John Mowbray OBE celebrated the end of his Shrieval year with a celebratory awards evening at the Centre for Life. A total of £39,500 was awarded to 68 youth organisations across the county, with Newcastle YMCA receiving the top award of £2,500 for its Space2 project.

Alan Hinkes OBE discussing his achievements

Celebrated mountaineer, Alan Hinkes OBE got the event off to a high standard, discussing his achievements as the only Briton to climb all fourteen mountains above 8,000 metres. The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland aims to recognise and reward organisations which support children and young people in a safe and secure environment to develop confidence, build skills, find fun and friendship and learn to be part of their community.

61 awards of £500 were distributed to a wide-variety of projects in the county. This included a variety of sporting institutions, from Wallsend Boys Club to the Newcastle Vikings American Football Club, uniformed services such as cadets and scouts, and youth organisations supporting more vulnerable members of our society such as the North Tyneside Disability Forum. There were five district awards of £1,000 with the winners including 1st Windy Nook Brigades and Methodist Youth Band in

Gateshead, Box Youth Project in Sunderland, Inspiring Events CIC in Newcastle upon Tyne, Compact for Race Equality in South Tyneside (CREST), and the Park View Project in North Tyneside. Runners-up, Shiremoor Adventure Playground received £1,750 with the top award of £2,500 going to Newcastle YMCA’s Space2 Project. The awards ceremony also presented the Roger Spoor Unsung Hero Award to volunteer Dr Shobha Srovastava for her work with Hindu Nari Sangh in South Tyneside.

Jonny Falcon, Project Coordinator at the Space2 Project added:

“We’re absolutely delighted to win the top award of £2,500. Based in the city centre of Newcastle we offer a safe environment with a variety of activities for young people to help reduce anti-social behaviour. The activities available include music production, creative art opportunities as well as CV advice and job support. Here, all young people are supported regardless of their background and encouraged to be valuable, proactive members of the community.

The Lambton Street Youth Centre performing “Miss Personality”

The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear, Mr John Mowbray OBE said:

“The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards is a chance to recognise the work of children and young people in our community who are doing fantastic things. Importantly it also recognises the work of volunteers who give their time freely to support young people in their transition to adulthood.

“In my year as High Sheriff I have seen many inspirational young people across the county, it makes me proud to be able to give back and recognise these achievements with awards totalling £39,500. I would like to thank all donors who have helped to make this possible.”

Posted on 12/04/2017 @ 3:48 pm
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