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Celebrations in full swing for young people of Northumberland

Young people of Northumberland were celebrated at Northumberland’s Finest awards for their range of great work seen throughout the County.


Launched 6 years ago by young people in Northumberland with the aim to recognise the work and achievements of fellow young people in the county, the Northumberland’s Finest awards are planned, designed, hosted and focus on rewarding young people across the whole of the county.


Following on from the success and ethos of the previous awards ceremonies, this year saw a record number of nominations for the 8 different categories within the awards, each entry highlighting the great work carried out by young people throughout the county.


Northumberland Youth Service led on the organisation of the event which was opened by Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland and featured a range of guests, including Ian Lavery MP, High Sheriff of Northumberland John Dickinson, Civic Head of Northumberland County Council Anthony Murray, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council Wayne Daley, East Bedlington County Councillor William Cosby, Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird along with welcoming representatives from the NHS, Northumberland County Council’s Children’s Services and the National Citizen Service.


Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said: “The continued hard work undertaken by Northumberland Youth Service to organise the Northumberland’s Finest awards and highlight the range of projects and events spearheaded by the young people of Northumberland has resulted in a fantastic event giving the young people of Northumberland the recognition they deserve.”


The full list of categories and winners is below:

  • The Enterprise Award: NCS - Spring Wave 1; a project focussing on young people’s mental health

  • The Volunteer of the Year Award: Jade O’Neill

  • The Community Impact Award: The Royals for their project to support families at Christmas

  • The Award for Innovation in Youth Work: Art Stop, a bus stop design project based in Seaton Valley

  • The Participation Work of the Year Award: Elizabeth Jane Common

  • The Award for Tackling Barriers: Tall Ships Group; a group of young people who took part in the Tall Ships Regatta over the Summer of 2016

  • The Health Promotion Award: Hakuna Mutata; an NCS group that promoted and raised awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis

  • The Youth Project that has Great Impact Award: Hirst Active Youth, Ashington

  • Special Award for Excellence: The A Team; an NCS group that have been involved in raising awareness about safeguarding on a local, regional and national basis.

  • Special Judges Award: Pass It On; a project group that have promoted the need to report safeguarding issues

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