Useful and beneficial pursuits for young people

The High Sheriff Awards Scheme complements the work of the High Sheriff, an unpaid, voluntary role appointed by Her Majesty The Queen, which today concentrates on upholding and supporting the judiciary, police and law enforcement agencies, emergency services, local authorities and all recognised church and faith groups as well as supporting and encouraging the voluntary sector. The role itself is over 1000 years old from the days when the High Sheriff was responsible for all law and order in the County, it is the oldest secular appointment in the country.

About the awards

Awards of £750 are available to youth organisations that encourage beneficial pursuits for young people in Northumberland.

The Fund is now open for applications with a submission deadline of 30 September 2021, applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications in January 2022. You can read more and apply here.

In March, successful applicants are invited to Awards where a top award of £2,000 is awarded to the Most Inspiring Group as selected by The High Sheriff of Northumberland.

The Fund welcomes gifts of any amount.

The Current High Sheriff of Northumberland

Joanna Riddell, the High Sheriff of Northumberland 2021/22

Joanna Riddell, of Cheeseburn Grange Hall, Stamfordham is the founder of visual arts destination Cheeseburn Sculpture:

“I am honoured to be the High Sheriff of Northumberland for 2021-2022. The High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards supports youth organisations whose activities inspire confidence, motivation and self-esteem, so important and necessary after a year of Covid restrictions and lockdowns.

"I wish to see young people across Northumberland engaging with each other through creative and cultural pursuits, through sport, arts, and community based activities. Making new friends and gaining new skills is vital to young people for their wellbeing. Recognising organisations which further the development of young people, illustrates the High Sheriff of Northumberland’s Awards.”

You can read more about the fund and apply here.

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Together we can make a difference. Make a one-off gift or regular donation to the High Sheriff of Northumberland Fund and help change lives.

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