DEDICATED volunteers from across Wearside were honoured at an awards ceremony.
A 200-strong audience cheered on the winners of the Springboard Going the Extra Mile Awards, at the Roker Hotel, Sunderland.
Organised by the Springboard charity, which provides training and support to jobseekers, the event honoured those who took part in its programmes, as well as businesses that offered work placements.
Trust secretary Denise Wilson said the ceremony, which featured former Sunderland AFC player Nick Sharkey, was a great success.
It highlighted how young people, employers and her group work together to benefit the wider community.
She said: “It was wonderful to be able to showcase the commitment and aspiration of our learners to achieve their personal goals.
“Young people are often portrayed in a negative way and it is great to be able to show that they can get, and sustain, training and employment.”
The winners included Naeema Begum, who was named Overall Achiever of the Year, and Jack Kamintzis, who took the Catering and Hospitality Apprentice of the Year award.
Elsewhere, Hylton Red House Nursery won Employer of the Year, while Debra Parry, from Boldon-based First Stop Car Finance, was presented with the Placement Supervisor of the Year award. Denise added: “I would like to thank everyone who helped make this a very special occasion and also to Advantex and Branch Insurance Brokers, who continue to sponsor the event.”
For more information, visit www.charity.springboard.uk.net.