A £3,500 cash boost has been shared among six groups catering for north Northumberland youngsters.
Organisations in Amble, Wooler, Seahouses, Hadston, Embleton and Whittingham were recognised by the High Sheriff of Northumberland, Rev Fiona Sample, for the work they do with youths, and were given grants at a special event held at the Northumbria Police HQ in Ponteland.
Top awards of £750 were given to both Wooler Youth Project and Amble Youth Project Limited.
Hadston House Youth and Community Projects Ltd, 1st Embleton Guides, 1st Seahouses Girls Brigade and 1st Whittingham Scout Group each received £500.
The money for Amble will be used to develop an outdoor activities programme to run through the summer holidays.
Tracey Hinton from Amble Youth Project Limited said: “At a time of high youth unemployment young people need a focus and place to come that can help them towards employment or education.
“The money from the High Sheriff Awards will help us to continue delivering our constructive and enjoyable range of activities helping young people to develop their confidence and self-esteem.”
At Wooler, the cash will go towards the group’s summer programme of outside events.
Noel Roy, treasurer and trustee at Wooler, said: “It is a delight to receive the award and very encouraging for our staff who work very hard.”
High Sheriff Fiona Sample said: “The groups the High Sheriff’s fund has supported throughout the year have been inspirational – seeing all they achieve has been a privilege.
“Amble Macpi particularly stood out to me.
“I was really impressed by the work they are doing, and with the young people they are doing it with.”