Youngsters awarded for community work

L/Cpl Jack Edmison and Cdt Bethany Inglis receive and award for the Berwick Detachment of Northumbria cadets

L/Cpl Jack Edmison and Cdt Bethany Inglis receive and award for the Berwick Detachment of Northumbria cadets

Berwick groups have netted almost £3000 during a celebration of community and voluntary groups supporting children and young people.

The Grove Special School support fund, Berwick Army cadets and Berwick Youth project were all awarded grants from the High Sheriff of Northumberland Youth Awards Fund last week.

Marking the end of his shrieval year, High Sheriff Peter Loyd handed out grants totalling £38,500 at a special presentation ceremony held at Alnwick Castle.

Fifty-one young community and voluntary groups all received an award of between £500 and £1,250.

Over 200 adults and young people enjoyed the ceremony, where Northumberland explorer Conrad Dickinson delivered an address inspiring youngsters with tales of his recent arctic exploration.

High Sheriff Peter Loyd, said: “We had a marvellous night at Alnwick Castle and I’d like to thank all the young people for their hard work during my shrieval year.

“The Fund supports young people in recognition of their good work in the community, and I would like to thank everybody who donated to the fund in 2013-14. I am proud that the young people of Northumberland make our county such a great place to live.”

The Berwick Detachment of Northumbria Army Cadet Force, who raised over £3,000 for charities last year, were awarded £500 in recognition of their volunteering and charitable fundraising efforts.

The Grove Special School support group received £750, which will help the school continue to provide informal education through a business and enterprise group. On top of this the young people run charity events and have used their ICT, Maths and English skills to raise money for the Help the Heroes.

Berwick Youth Project received a total of £1600 from the fund in two separate grants. One grant went to help the support and information strand, which allowed the group to purchase much needed laptops. The charity provides an information and support service for vulnerable young people aged 13 to 20. Last year 168 young people accessed service.

Another part of the youth project, supported living, also received funding towards its supported accommodation for young people, which provides one-to-one support for the duration of their stay. The High Sheriff fund enabled the project to buy new kitchen equipment.

Seahouses girls brigade also benefitted from the fund when they received £500.




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