Last night, inspirational young people from across the North East were recognised for their positive work in the community at our annual PoSBO Awards.
Now in their fifth year, the PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) Awards celebrate and recognise the contribution young people make to the lives of others across the region.
The awards, which took place at BALTIC in Gateshead, are hosted annually by our Truth about Youth programme which is funded by The Co-operative Foundation.
Awards handed out on the night included:
- Young Voice Award – won by 15-year-old Rebecca Moore from North Shields for her work as a Member of Youth Parliament, helping to raise awareness of mental health issues and leading a group of young people who developed mental health education packs for schools
- Best Youth Project – won by Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project. The group, aged between 18-23 years old, have battled through disabilities both physical and mental to successfully achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
- Young Volunteer Award – won by 16-year-old Tammi Berresford for her peer support role with Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP), supporting youngsters with a range of disabilities including autism and Down’s syndrome.
- Carer of the Year Award – won by 18-year-old Kerry Owen from South East Northumberland for her volunteer work with CVYP supporting other young carers and for also leading on an ITV Fixers project to produce a DVD sharing her own story and raising awareness of the needs of young carers
- Intergenerational Award – won by Northumbria Students’ Union IT Classes, helping older people to reconnect with friends and relatives using the internet, and reducing social isolation
- Best in School Award – won by St Hild’s Green Power Electric Racing Cars – a group of 14-16 year olds form Hartlepool who developed a racing car from scratch, advancing their engineering skills and knowledge
- Digital Media Award – won by 8ACR Macmillan Academy, a group of 12-13 year olds from Middlesbrough who produced an animated film, Nightmare on Flood Street, looking at how climate change and flooding could affect their local community in the future.
Over 170 guests attended the black and white themed awards ceremony which featured performances from Newcastle singer Millie Eve, ‘hic-hop’ act Paddy and Lofty, Live Theatre’s Your Aunt Fanny and also Kelly Hendry School of Irish Dance.
We would like to thank everyone who attended last night’s ceremony and congratulations again to all our winners and everybody who was shortlisted.