Tuesday 4th June 2019, at the Grand Hotel (formally Marriot) Gosforth Park, saw our annual recognition awards event which is now in its eighth 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 across the North East.
Guests were invited to enjoy a fun packed evening of entertainment and awards, to celebrate all of their hard work over the last year – and when best to celebrate this than during National Volunteer Week. It is a really inspiring event and one that grows year on year, with 2019 being no exception with over 320 guests and an amazing 80+ nominees across the 12 award categories.
Huge congratulations to all of the fantastic award winners and nominees from across our network (please see below for a full list of winners), without whom the awards night would not be possible – well done everyone!
Guests were greeted on arrival by members Prometheus Moko Jumbies Stilt Walkers and singing performances by Jessie Dale and Phoebe Wouldhave, whilst enjoying mocktails, kindly donated by The Grand Hotel.
The event started with an exciting performance by DVA Cheerleading Squad before our Chief Executive Jon Niblo welcomed everyone and showed a short film about the work we do, before handing over to our hosts for the evening; our Young Ambassador, Channy Thompson, and two very brave young people Natasha Craic and Thomas Rutherford from our members Stepney Bank Stables.
The first half of the night saw some amazing performances from members Blaydon Inclusive Youth Projects’ Jonathan (TecnoSpecs) Load, who took guests back to the 90s with his fantastic original rap performance, and a performance from Bad Apples North East dance group, Emanon. Part one of the awards presentation was followed by songs performed by the Hurst Sisters, and a speech by our members Phoenix Detached Youth Project who introduced their short film ‘Acts of Kindness’. Guests were then asked to spend a couple of minutes during the break filling in act of kindness pledge cards that they can take away and fulfill in the coming days/weeks.
Channy welcomed everyone back from the break and thanked Morrison’s Killingworth for their very tasty cupcakes which they kindly donated. The second half started with a speech and a very moving performance by Channy and the young people from our members Blaydon Inclusive Youth Project who sign singed along using British Sign Language.
We then presented the second part of the NE Youth awards, as well as a further three awards from our consortium partners from the Young in Wallsend Consortium. The second half of the evening ended with a performance form the girl band Melody 5.
The third part of the awards presentation included our new award for Most Improved, which was asked for by members. The evening was then closed by a few short words from NE Youth Chair Fiona Lees–Millais who thanked everyone for coming and also a very special surprise for our very own Chief Executive Jon Niblo to celebrate his anniversary for 10 years at NE Youth. The evening ended with a bang and another very special performance by Channy who had guests on their feet for a dance which was a great close to the evening.
The event saw a great atmosphere amongst all guests. Social Media was abuzz with tweets/posts.
We would like to thank everyone for attending the evening, invited guests, award presenters, performers, and of course our members and young people without whom the event would not be possible. A further special thanks to Newcastle Building Society, The Grand Hotel (Gosforth Park), Morrison’s Killingworth for supporting the event and also to our independent judging panel who had some very difficult decisions to make and spent a full afternoon deliberating over the some 80+ nominations.
Thank you to our very brave hosts, Natasha and Thomas, and our young ambassador Channy Thompson who did an amazing job presenting 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 all 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!
NE Youth Award Winners
Social Action of the Year Award
Youthwise (Project M) – Streetwise Young Peoples Project
Youth Worker of the Year Award
Phillipa Compson – Shilbottle Community Hall
Young Achiever of the Year Award
Abbigail Pattison – Silx
Volunteer of the Year Award
Quinn Stanger – Streetwise Young Peoples Project
Young Volunteer of the Year Award
Don Davis- Northbourne Youth Initiative
Trustee of the Year Award
Foster Burt – Cowpen Quay Community Association
National Keystone Awards
Foster Burt – Cowpen Quay Community Association
Maragaret Bennet – Cowpen Quay Community Association
National Volunteer Awards
Ambition Quality Awards
YMCA North Tyneside
Banardos The BASE
Partnership of the Year Award
Southlands School / SportWorks
Sport, Leisure & Culture of the Year Award
Silx Teen bar- Wednesday evening health project
Most Improved of the year Award
Hirst active youth
Project of Pride of the Year Award
Newsham and New Delaval Youth Forum
Young in Wallsend Consortium Award Winners
Increased self-esteem and improved chances of training & development
Connor Potter – Banardos The BASE
Young volunteer of the year award
Brandon White – Prometheus
Improved life skills & active members of the community
YMCA North Tyneside – Churchill After School Project