Butterflies are key to success in awards

Butterflies, winners of Community Champions Award.
Butterflies, winners of Community Champions Award.

A group of young people have proved key role models in their community after picking up an award.

The Butterflies group, from Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project, were one of the big winners at the first ever ‘Keyed Into Awesomeness’ awards.

More than 130 young people, youth leaders and teachers came together at The Assembly Rooms in Newcastle recently, for a celebratory evening.

Host, The Key, is a charity committed to inspiring belief in young people, and offers anyone aged between 11 and 25 the chance to take part in their own ‘Key project’.

Butterflies won the Key Community Champions Award for their incredible work in the community.

The group has progressed through all four stages of The Key and achieved a huge amount.

They organised an event for young people and children within their local area, to celebrate achievements and raise awareness of disabilities, as well as an open day in their community centre to share their new skills with friends and family, residents from the local care homes and young people from foster homes.

Key chief executive, Hannah Underwood, said: “I’m so happy we have been able to celebrate all our young people’s achievements at our first ever awards.

“The judging panel was overwhelmed by the high standard of nominations and we’re so proud of what every single one of our Key participants has achieved.

“The Key is all about inspiring belief in all young people so they can see that anything is possible.

“We hope by doing Key projects, our young people will learn new skills and discover a passion for something they might not have considered before.

“Let’s hope seeing all these amazing things will go on to inspire even more young people to have a go for themselves.

“I’d just like to thank everyone who helped us put on the event and everyone who came along to celebrate with us. A big well done to all our young people – they’re all winners.”