The North East Youth Work Awards celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and contribution that youth services/projects and youth workers across the North East region have made over the previous 12 months. The awards show the commitment, support and practice that youth workers, projects and services offer in the North East.
In 2014, the awards evening took place at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Tuesday 8 April with over 170 guests attending.
Individuals, projects and youth services based in the North East who work with young people between the ages of 11-25 were shortlised across 10 categories, with 13 awards handed out on the night.
- Youth Worker of the Year – Kate Sandberg, 28 from Wallsend, for her work as an unrelenting advocate for young people at Catch 22 and her role in developing the National Citizens Service in Gateshead
- Volunteer of the Year Award – won by Faye Delaney, 23, for her commitment to the ‘Being You’ BU Project, supporting a group of school pupils with a wide range of emotional wellbeing needs in the East of Newcastle.
- Youth Work Manager – John Percival, 28 from Newcastle, for his role at Changemakers, supporting cultural organisations to better engage with young people
- Youth Participation Initiative – Eastern Ravens Trust for its work in supporting and inspiring young carers in Stockton to become their own champions for services that meet their needs
- Partnership Working – Helping Hands Group for its work with Phoenix Detached Project and North Tyneside Connexions, enabling vulnerable young people with mental health or emotional well-being issues to be involved in campaigns and strategies
- Youth Work Team of the Year – West Northumberland Youth Service for providing high quality youth work provision across a wide geographical area, incorporating projects such as the Young Families Group
- Innovative Practice Award – The Box Youth Project for its work with Farringdon Community Academy providing students with the opportunity to engage in a range of social enterprise activities; and Change Your Mind About Young People – enabling young people to have a voice and make real sustainable changes in their local health services
- Outstanding Contribution – this was jointly awarded to Live Theatre’s Education and Participation Team, for combining a safe space, inclusive practice and freedom for self-expression with the rigours of theatre making; and Denise Barna for her work in leading Project Gambia at The Box Youth Project in Sunderland, which saw a group of young people travel out to Gambia to volunteer within local communities in the Gunjur region.
- Lifetime Achievement – Nigel Voules for his dedication to the work of the National Boys Club and the clubs for young people movement spanning five decades; Sue Davidson for her work at the heart of many communities in Darlington over the past 20 years; and Andy Stubbs, head of Thurston Outdoor Education Centre, for supporting young people from South Tyneside over the past 31 years.
Nominations for the 2015 Awards will open at the end of 2014 – look out for updates on our website.
This year, we had 10 award categories, including:
- Youth Worker of the Year
- Youth Work Manager of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Youth Participation Initiative
- Partnership Working Award
- Youth Work Team of the Year
- Best Service to Young People
- Outstanding Contribution in 2013
- Most Innovative Practice
- Lifetime Achievement