Wednesday 6th June 2018 was NE Youth’s annual Projects with Pride event, held at the Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park. These awards recognise achievements of youth organisations all over the North East and we are pleased to let you know that Blyth swept the boards taking away 4 awards!
The evening kicked off with welcome mocktails and cupcakes and performances by Prometheus Stilt Walkers, Ty Lewis and Magicians Tom Bolton and Robert Reed.
Jon Niblo, NE Youth Chief Executive then welcomed everyone and there was a short video message from Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner. The crowd was then treated to more entertainment courtesy of Bad Apples North East and Nissi K.
The first selection of awards was for Social Action of the Year, Youth Worker of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Young Volunteer of the Year. One of our volunteers Donna had been nominated in the volunteer category, Donna has volunteered in our teen bar sessions for a few years now and is a key member of the team, she is a very talented DJ and has held Djing and music workshops with the young people and taken a leading role in involving the young people in various community arts and health projects with ‘Colour to the Grey’ with BAIT and our #NoBrainer energy drink campaign being two of the most recent projects she has been involved in. Donna was nominated alongside three other volunteers from projects all over the North East and we are pleased to say she WON! Donna was very deserving of this award and we were all incredibly proud of her.
After the first set of awards, the crowd was treated to some more entertainment from Bad Apples, NE Youth Ambassador Channy Thompson and Liam Shotton from Phoenix Detached Youth Project. There was also a presentation of a short campaign film made by the young people from Phoenix Detached Youth Project called ‘Pieces of Mine’ this film was raising awareness around organ donation and encouraging more people to sign up to become organ donors and was a fantastic film.
There was then a break and a buffet and a chance for everyone to chat and mingle and have photographs taken, this was then followed by some special awards including a presentation of the National Rosebowl Trophy to NE Youth’s under 16 England Girls Football Team, the Trustee of the Year award was announced and national Keystone and National vInspired certificates were given out.
After a presentation from the Young In Wallsend Consortium, it was time to announce the winners of the final 4 categories and this where Blyth stole the show……
The categories were Partnership of the Year, Sport, Leisure and Culture of the Year, the Small project of the Year and Large project of the Year. We are thrilled to let you all know that Silx won The Large Project of the year award and our friends at Newsham and New Delaval Youth Forum won The Small Project of the year award and the Sports Leisure and Culture award.
Newsham and Silx regularly work in partnership giving young people in Blyth new experiences. We have teamed up for group trips, residentials and activities and some of the workers run programmes at both projects so it was wonderful for both to be recognised and be given such prestigious awards and put Blyth on the map for the fantastic work happening with young people!
The night ended with Thank You’s from Fiona Lees-Millais, NE Youth Chair and a performance from up and coming girl group Melody 5.
The atmosphere throughout the evening was great and the young people from Silx and Newsham were overjoyed to have the opportunity to go up on stage and accept the awards the projects had won. A great night with fabulous entertainment and very well organised by NE Youth- we are looking forward to next years event already!