A group which has established projects and activities which has abolished youth disorder was the winner of the Community Group accolade.
Newsham and New Delaval Youth Forum was set up by members of the community, the church, schools, police and youth service because of concerns about youth disorder and gangs of young people wandering the streets of Newsham under the influence of alcohol and substance misuse.
The forum has established firm youth provisions in the area, raised £100,000 and set up a Friday night youth club, a Wednesday tea and toast club and has established local street work. It has worked with community, voluntary and statutory sector organisations to set up sexual health drop-ins, summer programmes, employability support and more.
Three years down the line, youth disorder has been abolished and the project has changed the community’s attitude towards young people by encouraging integration in the community.
Picking up the award were youth group members Ryan Hull, 12 and Sam Wilson, 13, youth development worker Eva Nelson and youth worker Jen Usher.
Eva said: “We are really really pleased to have won the Community Group Award.
“The youth club is doing some fantastic work and that is thanks to the young people and a really hard-working staff team.”
Shortlisted were: Children and Families First, Amble, which was set up to try to fund-raise and apply for funding to maintain local facilities; Bailiffgate Volunteers, Alnwick, who more or less run the Bailiffgate Museum in the town, and Alnwick in Bloom Committee, who play an active role in making the town look attractive.