Groups which support young people across Northumberland have been given grants to help their services continue.
High Sheriff Peter Loyd is coming to the end of his shrieval year and has given £38,500 in 51 awards to young community groups.
And to celebrate the fantastic work of local community and voluntary groups supporting children and young people, a presentation ceremony was held at Alnwick Castle.
Over 200 adults and young people enjoyed the ceremony at which Northumberland explorer Conrad Dickinson delivered an address inspiring youngsters with tales of his recent Arctic exploration.
Peter Loyd said: “We have 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.”
In north Northumberland, a number of groups received a cash grant.
Hadston House Youth and Community Group was given £750, while 1st Whittingham Scouts and 1st Seahouses Girls Brigade were given £500 each.
Amble Youth Project received £850 and Alnwick’s Gallery Youth Project took £750.
And Alnwick Community Centre Young People’s Group – Skatepark Group was given £750.
The Calvert Trust Kielder was also given a grant of £950 and Northumbria Army Cadet Force was given £500.