A WEARSIDE group which brings young and old together has landed an award for its work.
Gentoo’s Intergenerational Group, based in Washington, scooped a gong at this year’s Positive Social Behaviour Order Awards (PoSBOs), which celebrate young people across the North East.
The group, which launched in February, has members aged from 18 to 75, who have worked together to organise three fund-raising events.
Katie Dunbar, from Gentoo, said: “Winning the Intergenerational Award has meant so much to the group.
“It’s an incentive for us to keep going and push ourselves even more, now that we’ve been recognised and commended for all our hard work.
“We can hopefully work even harder to change people’s perspectives and involve even more of the community.”
Young volunteers from charity Truth About Youth helped organise the awards ceremony in Newcastle’s Centre for Life, which welcomed 160 guests. They were entertained by circus acts and a performance by Katie Smith, winner of Durham’s Got Talent.
Now in their fourth year, the awards are run in partnership with the Regional Youth Work Unit – North East and funded by the Co-operative Foundation.
David Douglass, young co-ordinator of Truth about Youth said: “The PoSBOs are always a highlight on the Truth about Youth calendar and we’ve had lots of fun organising this year’s circus-themed event.
“Once again, we had a fantastic response and received lots of nominations – it’s great to see the positive impact that young people are making to the lives of others across our region.”
Also a winner was Jordan Lynch, 16, from Birtley, who was named Young Leader for her work with Gateshead Young Women’s Outreach project
Sarah Robinson, Manager of The Co-operative Foundation, added: “The awards are a great opportunity for young people in the region to receive recognition for their inspiring commitment and positive contribution to communities and, to showcase their outstanding achievements.”