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Achievements of North East youngsters celebrated at awards night

Tammi Berresford picked up the Best Volunteer Award at this year's PoSBO Awards.

Inspirational young people from across the North East were recognised for their positive work in the community at an awards ceremony in Gateshead last night.

Now in their fifth year, the PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) Awards celebrate and recognise the contribution young people make to the lives of others across the region.

The awards, which took place at BALTIC in Gateshead, are hosted annually by Truth about Youth which is funded by The Co-operative Foundation and run in partnership with Youth Focus:  North East, to challenge and change the widespread negative perceptions of young people.

Five young people from Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project picked up the prestigious Best Youth Project Award. The group, aged between 18-23 years old, have battled through disabilities both physical and mental to successfully achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Young Volunteer Award was won by 16-year-old Tammi Berresford for her peer support role with Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP), supporting youngsters with a range of disabilities including autism and Down’s syndrome. Tammi says: “It was really nice to be up for the award in the first place, let alone win it. I feel really proud and chuffed! I’d like to thank everyone at CVYP for giving me the chance to be involved.”

Other awards handed out on the night included:

  • Young Voice Award - won by 15-year-old Rebecca Moore from North Shields for her work as a Member of Youth Parliament, helping to raise awareness of mental health issues and leading a group of young people who developed mental health education packs for schools
  • Carer of the Year Award - won by 18-year-old Kerry Owen from South East Northumberland for her volunteer work with CVYP supporting other young carers and for also leading on an ITV Fixers project to produce a DVD sharing her own story and raising awareness of the needs of young carers
  • Intergenerational Award – won by Northumbria Students’ Union IT Classes, helping older people to reconnect with friends and relatives using the internet, and reducing social isolation
  • Best in School Award – won by St Hild’s Green Power Electric Racing Cars – a group of 14-16 year olds form Hartlepool who developed a racing car from scratch, advancing their engineering skills and knowledge
  • Digital Media Award – won by 8ACR Macmillan Academy, a group of 12-13 year olds from Middlesbrough who produced an animated film, Nightmare on Flood Street, looking at how climate change and flooding could affect their local community in the future.

Over 170 guests attended the black and white themed awards ceremony which featured performances from Newcastle singer Millie Eve, ‘hic-hop’ act Paddy and Lofty, Live Theatre’s Your Aunt Fanny and also Kelly Hendry School of Irish Dance.

Laura Iveson, Development Worker with the Truth about Youth programme says: “This year’s PoSBO Awards have been particularly special as the event marks the culmination of our Truth about Youth programme. We’ve had a fantastic five years and have been astounded by the inspirational individuals and projects that have entered our awards each year. We can’t wait to see what the next 12 months will bring.”

Established 25 years ago, Youth Focus: North East is an award-winning charity that delivers a number of regional programmes encompassing youth employment, health, education and the arts, and intergenerational work.

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