Innovative community group win prestigious award – Video

An organisation that links families, schools and communities through a variety of innovative and diverse projects has picked up a prestigious award.

Bedlington-based Leading Link supports individuals at times of change such as transition to another school or out into the world of work, the development of literacy and other vital skills in young people, and working with communities to bring them closer together.

Northumberland Business Awards 2013 at Linden Hall. The group from Leading Link.

Northumberland Business Awards 2013 at Linden Hall. The group from Leading Link.

The group was awarded the inaugural Social Enterprise Award, sponsored by the Northumberland Gazette, for their work in the community, which has included The Big Event celebration as part of the Diamond Jubilee weekend and the Olympic Torch parade through Bedlington.

Manager Lyn Horton said: “We are delighted to have been given this award.

“Leading Link started as a dream scribbled on a napkin and nearly three years later, the charity is making a real difference to the lives of young people, families and the community in Northumberland.

“This is through the hard work of our core staff team, our brilliant and extremely supportive board of trustees, our successful delivery partners, our enormous bank of freelance workers and project support staff, our team of youth ambassadors, schools, headteachers councillors – everyone who backed the vision of this small charity with big ideas.

“And of course the local community, families and individuals who have endlessly attended Leading Link events and projects and have given up time to help support us through thick and thin.”

The company saw off competition from Henzell Enterprises Ltd, Better Business Forum, and Bad Apples NE to take home the award.

Shortlist:

Henzell Enterprises Ltd

Better Business Forum

Bad Apples NE