YOUNGSTERS have been given a funding boost from the departing High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.
George Scott marked the end of his year in office by presenting 50 awards to community groups that work with young people.
Sunderland schemes The Box Youth Project and Boldon Young People’s Project both scooped grants from a cash pot of £28,500.
More than 220 people gathered at a ceremony in Newcastle’s Centre for Life, to hear an inspirational address from Mackem music icon Frankie Francis, from Frankie and the Heartstrings.
The Box Youth Project, based in Hall Farm, was handed the top prize of £2,000, with the Boldon group awarded £1,500.
Phil Tye, from Youth Almighty, won the Roger Spoor Unsung Hero Award, for his work in Sunderland and Washington.
Speaking afterwards, the High Sheriff said: “The Tyne and Wear High Sheriff Awards is an opportunity to recognise the work of young people in our region.
“Tonight we have presented 50 awards which demonstrate the fantastic work being done by young people and voluntary groups in our community. I would like to thank everyone for their fantastic achievement in making Tyne and Wear a great place to live.”
Tony Bell, director of the Box Youth Project, said they were “delighted” to have been given the top award. “We will be using the money towards the Box Youth programme,” he said.
“The project engages young people and develops their skills and knowledge through youth work and fundraising events for projects such as Project Gambia.”