The High Sheriff Awards to celebrate the achievements of young people in Tyne and Wear have been launched.
The awards recognise and reward local organisations which support children and young people to develop confidence, to build skills, to find fun and friendship and to learn to be part of a community.
The awards are funded through the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, with additional money generated by the Fundraising Panel.
Lucy Winskell, the current High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, is visiting many of the award-winning groups during her year of office:
“The High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear Awards is an opportunity to recognise the work of children and young people in our community who are doing great things.
“Many young people learn about citizenship by engaging in community projects. This could be a football or boxing club teaching young people about respect and equality to youth clubs and intervention services tackling harder issues in the community.
“I’m delighted to be able to support this work through the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear Fund at the Community Foundation, and would like to congratulate all of the recent winners for the inspirational work which they achieve.”
At the 2014/15 celebratory awards evening held at Sunderland University, a total of 45 awards of £500 were awarded to organisations such as Northumbria Police Cadets, Young Asian Voices and District Youth ABC in Sunderland, De La Salle Youth Club and South TynesideAsylum Seeker and Refugee Church Help (STARCH) in South Tyneside.
Five higher commendations of £700 were awarded to groups including Escape Intervention Services in South Tyneside.
A runner-up prize of £1,500 was presented to A690 in Sunderland and the top prize of £2,000 went to a project in Benwell.
For more information about how to apply for this year’s awards, visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply