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Wednesday 6th June 2018, at the Marriot Hotel Gosforth Park, saw our annual recognition awards event which is now in its seventh year. This reflects our ongoing commitment to recognising and celebrating the achievements and talents of young people, volunteers and staff at all levels within our membership network from across the North East.
Guests were invited to enjoy a full fun packed evening of entertainment and awards, to celebrate all of their hard work over the last year. It is a really inspiring event and one that grows year on year, with 2018 being no exception with over 300 guests and 71 nominees across the 12 award categories.
Huge congratulations to all of the fantastic award winners (please see below for a full list of winners) and nominees from across our network, without whom the awards night would not be possible – well done everyone!
The evening started off with welcome mocktails supported by the Marriot Hotel and cupcakes donated by Morrison’s Killingworth. Guests were also greeted on arrival by members Prometheus Stilt Walkers, an acoustic performance by Ty Lewis, whilst Magicians Tom Bolton and Robert Reed walked around wowing guests.
Jon Niblo NE Youth CEO welcomed everyone and introduced a short video by Dame Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner and then handed over to our Young Ambassador, Channy Thompson, to compare the celebration evening. The first half of the night saw some amazing performances from members Bad Apples North East dance group B.O.B and members Cramlington Voluntary Youth Projects Nissi K. The first five awards were also presented (note below winners) and this was rounded up with a solo street hip hop dance performance by members Bad Apples NE Tayla Burns, followed by a magic stage performance by Robert Reed. We also had a live performance from our Ambassador Channy Thompson, as well as a heartwarming speech about her journey and her role as the Young Ambassador at NE Youth.
There was a short break for food, then Channy welcomed everyone back for the second part of the Awards and more amazing entertainment from young people. We started with a speech and short film from members Phoenix Detached Youth Project ‘Pieces of Mine’ which is about organ donation awareness, then a live performance by Liam Shotton who wrote and sang the music to the film. There was then a presentation of the National Rosebowl Trophy to the NE Youth CYP England Girls u16 Football Team, then we moved onto part two of the awards.
We then saw a special presentation and short film recognising the achievements made over the last three years from the Young in Wallsend Consortium, which is made up of 9 organisations working together as part of the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, which supports young people in the NE28 Postcode, NE Youth is part of this consortium. The girls from Evolution at Bad Apples NE then finished this part of the awards with a great dance performance. We then moved on to the final part of the awards for evening.
The evening was then closed by a few short words from NE Youth Chair Fiona Lees–Millais who thanked everyone for coming. The evening then ended with a bang and a very special performance by up and coming girl band Melody 5, who were joined on stage by the lads from B.O.B. Bad Apples dance group who all got the young people up on their feet for a great close to the evening.
The event itself saw a great atmosphere amongst all guests. Social Media was abuzz with tweets/posts.
We would like to thank everyone for attending the evening, with a special thanks to David Gray Solicitors, Newcastle Building Society, our hosts The Marriott Hotel (Gosforth Park), Morrison’s Killingworth and Metro Radio Arena for sponsoring and supporting the event.
Huge thanks also go to our independent judging panel who had some very difficult decisions to make. As well as the award presenters and our very talented young ambassador Channy Thompson who presented the evening.
NE Youth would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us during the last 12 month period. Funders, sponsors, individuals, partner agencies, and business have been a true source of support and inspiration. This support provides us with real motivation to tackle the challenges that we are faced with on a day to day basis, and as we plan for change in the future. We are very fortunate to have you on our side and we respect your trust and support
From all of us at NE Youth we would like to say a huge thank you again to you all for helping to make this evening a great success!
SOCIAL ACTION OF THE YEAR
Skills for Work
Northbourne Youth Initiative
YOUTH WORKER OF THE YEAR
Warren Crake (YMCA North Tyneside)
YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR
Dani Herron (Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project)
Demileigh Collier (Sportworks)
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Donna Paine (Silx)
YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Eve Stobbart (Northbourne Youth Initiative)
TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR
Gill Bray (Shilbottle Community Hall)
NATIONAL KEYSTONE AWARD
(recognising 10 – 50 Years of voluntary service)
Michael Johnson (Ellington Juniors Football Club) – Silver 20 years service
Alan Scurfield (Ellington Juniors Football Club) – Gold 30 years service
NATIONAL V INSPIRED AWARD
(recognising 10 – 100 hours of young peoples voluntary service)
YOUNG IN WALLSEND CONSORTIUM
Special Achievement Award – Improved Life Skills & Active Members of the Community
Howden Leaders for Life Programme (YMCA North Tyneside)
Special Achievement Award – Increased Self-Esteem and Improved Chances of Training & Development
Robert Appleby (Barnardo’s The Base)
PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR
Helix Arts and Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project
SPORT, LEISURE AND CULTURE OF THE YEAR
Newsham and New Delaval Youth Forum
SMALL PROJECT WITH PRIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Newsham and New Delaval Youth Forum
LARGE PROJECT WITH PRIDE OF THE YEAR
Silx Teen Bar