MORE than a dozen community and voluntary groups from across Wearside have shared in a huge pay-out.
They were among the organisations honoured at the 21st annual High Sheriff Community Awards for Tyne and Wear, held by the Community Foundation and presented by Sunderland-born Laura Whitfield, star of Channel 4’s Seven Dwarves.
Forty-six groups received an award of either £400 or £1,000, with the total awarded on the night topping £24,000.
Two organisations from Sunderland – the A690 Youth Initiative and Lambton Street Youth Centre – received £1,000 grants, while a further 11 local groups were awarded £400 each.
Geoff Hodgson, High Sheriff for Tyne and Wear, said: “All the Sunderland groups thoroughly deserved to win their awards, particularly the two that were give the top award of £1,000. Their approach at engaging young people is innovative and is clearly achieving results.”
Lee Ferry, from the A690 Youth Initiative, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the High Sheriff in this way.
“The money we have received from the High Sheriff will be used as part of our general running costs to support young people.”
Laura added: “It was such an honour to be invited to speak at the High Sheriff Awards and assist in presenting the awards to such a deserving bunch of young people.
“It’s not just about rewarding them financially, it is also important to inspire them to be good role models in their communities and I think that the recognition by the High Sheriff goes a long way to achieving that.”
The aim of the High Sheriff Youth Awards Tyne & Wear is to recognise the good work of community and voluntary groups in engaging young people with meaningful activity.
The High Sheriff is by royal appointment for one year and as well as supporting the crown and the judiciary, he also raises money for the High Sheriff’s Fund at events throughout the year.
l A690 Youth Initiative – £1,000
l Lambton Street Youth Centre – £1,000
l Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Club – £400
l Shyne Youth Group – £400
l Appollo Trampoline Club – £400
l Youth Almighty – £400
l Biddick Sports College Community Gymnastics Club – £400
l Box Youth Project – £400
l Ryhope Colliery Welfare Football Club – £400
l Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project – £400
l Oblivion – £400
l Chance – £400
l Pallion Action Group – £400