25th Aug 2021

Farooq Hakim, the current Tyne & Wear High Sheriff 2021-22

The Tyne & Wear High Sheriff’s Award Scheme at the Community Foundation has opened for applications. It rewards youth organisations that encourage and provide positive pursuits for young people, providing them with role models and helping them to develop into upstanding citizens.

The Fund makes awards to community youth projects and other similar not-for-profit organisations that engage young people aged 10-25 in constructive and developmental activities that encourage their personal development and deter them from anti-social activities. The Fund also acknowledges the work of volunteers and encourages the development of young volunteers. 

The Tyne & Wear High Sheriff, Farooq Hakim said:

“Earlier this year I had the great honour to be installed as the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear and I am delighted that the fund is now open for applications from organisations across the area. 

“We are particularly conscious of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic; not only has it disrupted the vital work of so many community groups that support disadvantaged young people but the inevitable slowdown in the regional economy threatens to impact the life chances of so many young people for years to come. 

“For this reason, the High Sheriff Awards this year will again seek to support local charities and community groups working with young people to build their confidence, aspirations and skills in ways that will help to enhance their future employment prospects.” 

The award has been running since 1993 and last year it awarded 69 grants to organisations who received £750 and the award winners up to £2,500. There will be an award ceremony in March 2022 to celebrate the recipients which will either be online or both online and in person. 

Ross Wilson, Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation, explained that the awards were open to all:

“As the awards scheme nears its 30th anniversary, the Community Foundation remains excited to run the Fund and is keen to support youth organisations of all shapes and sizes from Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead, and Newcastle. Whether you’re a Scouts group, sporting club, art-based project, RAF squadron, or any organisation in the area, we encourage your applications for £750 towards any aspect of your work with children and young people.” 

The deadline for applications is 10 October 2021. You can read more about the awards criteria and submit your application here. 

Organisations in Northumberland can apply to the High Sheriff of Northumberland Award which is already open here and closes on 10 September. 

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