Community groups receive a cash boost
The High Sheriff of Northumberland was joined by Hairy Biker Si King to hand out grants totalling Â£58,000 to community groups.
Lucy Carroll, from Tiptoe Farm near Cornhill, ends her year in office on Saturday and the awards ceremony at Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington, was one of her last duties.
In total, 78 High Sheriff Awards and eight Super Partnership District Awards were given out to local youth organisations and their leaders in recognition of the work they do to engage young people in healthy, constructive and interesting activities which in turn help to reduce anti-social behaviour and promote good citizenship.
Among the award recipients were Tillside Cricket Club, Etal RDA, Glendale Boxing Club and Berwick Youth Project.
Lucy said: “Northumberland has some truly amazing community and charity groups working with young people making a significant and positive difference to people’s lives.
“In particular I have been so impressed and proud of our hard-working modest volunteers who dedicate much valuable time, which is so often unseen.
“Fortunately, we have had super funding support of local trusts, businesses and individuals such as the Police and Crime Commissioner, and I am delighted to be able to make so many awards and celebrate the achievements of so many.
“From our small community villages such as Norham or Belsay, to our great market towns such as Alnwick, Morpeth and Hexham, there is a whole host of volunteers and organisations which work with young people in providing fantastic opportunities for them to grow, make friends and learn.”
An additional £8,000 was distributed in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird.
Ms Baird and the High Sheriff struck up a Super Partnership and agreed a joint pot of £8,000 to recognise inspirational groups across the region, including Wooler Young People’s Association and Berwick Youth Project.
Special commendations for the Inspirational Leader Award went to Andy Clark at Glendale Boxing Club, while Cadet Sergeant Major Michael Knight, of Northumberland Church of England Academy CCF, received the Inspirational Young Person Award.
The top award of £2,000 for Most Inspirational Group was awarded to Bad Apples CIC. The prize money will help to support its work with young people in dance and enable it to deliver more free of charge holiday play activities across south east Northumberland.
The awards are supported by the Community Foundation and Sir James Knott Trust.