Teens land first social-action award

A north Northumberland teen was part of a team from the North East which won the first National Citizen Service (NCS) Social Action Stars Award, presented by Santander.

Friday, 1st April 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Friday, 1st April 2016, 8:21 am
Brought to you by the Northumberland Gazette.

The group, which included Thomas Buck from Elsdon, was shortlisted alongside five other social-action projects chosen from thousands of great deeds completed by NCS participants from across the country.

The teens travelled to The Roundhouse Camden in London where the award was announced at the star-studded NCS Yes Live show.

The event, which featured performances from Tinie Tempah, Izzy Bizu, Blonde, Jess Glynne and Craig David, will be broadcast by 4Music tomorrow at noon.

This North-East group, who call themselves Team Brah, reached the final shortlist after producing a hard-hitting video to tackle awareness for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) issues in Newcastle and Hexham. They also made and sold 200 string bracelets, organised a sponsored walk and busked to raise money.

Overall, the team raised £850 as well as significant awareness across social media through the video.

Using Lego as symbolism for the film, because their main motto was ‘your sexuality is a piece of you’, the team looked to provide an insight into the difficult life of a young person struggling with telling those around them and coping with the rejection that might come.

The team donated the proceeds to The Albert Kennedy Trust, which deals with LGBT under 25s who are dealing with homelessness or are living in hostile environments, and they are proud their nomination means more attention and awareness for their topic.