The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards for young people are now open for applications in 2015. The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards recognise and reward local organisations, big and small, which support children and young people in a safe and secure environment to develop confidence, to build skills, to find fun and friendship, and in turn learn how to play a part in the community. Awards are made from The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Fund which is held by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.
The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear judging at North Tyneside Disability Forum’s Got Talent
Hundreds of children and young people have benefited from the awards since the Fund was established in 1995. The awards can make a real difference to the work of the many clubs, centres, and organisations involved. They are presented at an annual ceremony which celebrates the achievements of all the children and young people involved and recognises the volunteers who make this all possible.
High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear, Mrs Ruth Thompson OBE said:
“The position of High Sheriff is the oldest secular office in the UK, going back over 1,000 years. As well as supporting the Crown and the judiciary we also raise money for the High Sheriff’s Fund through a series of events to allow the Youth Awards to go ahead annually, but anyone can make a contribution to our awards which means that more young people can benefit in 2015.”
Awards are made to groups in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, and Sunderland. A standard award is in the region of £500, with more awarded to the champion of each region, as well as a runner up award and a top award. There is an award for the most inspirational volunteer through the Roger Spoor ‘Unsung Hero’ Volunteer Award. Anyone can donate to the High Sheriff Fund, which means that more groups can benefit in 2015. In 2014 a total of £28,500 was awarded to 50 groups.
Tony Bell, Director of the Box Youth Project and Top Prize Winner of £2,000 in 2014 said:
“We were delighted to have been given the top award at this year’s High Sheriff Awards. The award has helped our Box Youth programme which engages young people and develops their skills and knowledge through youth work and organising fundraising events. The Box Youth Project helps build confidence and work experience for young people, enhancing their opportunities for future employment.”
Iain Riddell, at the Community Foundation added:
“The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Youth Awards is a fantastic occasion and an opportunity to recognise the work of young people in our community. Young people in Tyne & Wear face many barriers in life, from access to employment, to public perceptions of anti-social behaviour and stereotyping. Our awards ceremony is here to break that barrier, and recognise the shining examples of many young people who are valuable members of our community.”
To find out more about how you can apply for a High Sheriff Award, or if to show your support please visit http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/twhs