Community groups get a cash boost

COMMUNITY and voluntary groups from across north Northumberland were rewarded for their efforts at an awards ceremony last week.

Over 140 young people and guests enjoyed the awards evening at the annual High Sheriff Youth Awards for Northumberland hosted by the Community Foundation at the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington.

Thirty community and voluntary groups all received an award ranging with top winners of £500 including Wooler Young People’s Project, Amble Macpi Drop In, 1st Seahouses Girls Brigade, 1st Embleton Guides, 1st Whittingham Scouts and 1st Flodden Baden-Powell Scouts.

The High Sheriff of Northumberland, Katie Crosbie-Dawson said: “All of these groups thoroughly deserved to win awards of £500.

“Their approach at engaging young people is innovative and is clearly achieving results.

“That said, each and every group that came to the ceremony tonight deserved their award and the public recognition of the work they are doing in their communities keeping young people engaged in meaningful activities.

“We have had a marvellous evening here at Woodhorn, it is a fantastic venue and community facility.

“I’d also like to thank the Community Foundation for all their hard work in putting the awards together and organising the event.”

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