A youngster from south east Northumberland took centre stage at a circus themed awards ceremony.
Kyle Crook, 16, from Ashington, picked up the Young Volunteer Award at this year’s PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) Awards, which celebrate and recognise the positive contribution young people make in their local communities across the region.
The awards, which took place at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, are hosted annually by Truth about Youth, which is funded by The Co-operative Foundation and run in partnership with the Regional Youth Work Unit – North East, to challenge and change the widespread negative perceptions of young people.
Kyle received the Young Volunteer Award in recognition of his work with Phoenix Theatre in Blyth and Northumberland Youth Service.
In the past 12 months Kyle has supported the production of 47 shows at the Phoenix and has even performed.
He has also been involved in raising money for the Pearl of Africa children’s choir.
Kyle said: “I’m really proud of winning this award.
“It’s overwhelming, but all my hard work has paid off.”
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.”
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.”