Community groups in Northumberland have been presented with awards totalling £38,500 at a presentation ceremony.
The High Sheriff of Northumberland Youth Awards Fund celebrates the work of local community and voluntary groups supporting children and young people across the county.
A total of 51 community and voluntary groups from Northumberland all received an award of between £500 and £1,250 with one top award of £2,000 going to Ashington Joint Welfare Scheme for their Full Circle Food project.
Alan Johnson of Blyth Tall Ship won Inspirational Young Person and Ayesha Banks of Young and Sweet based in Haltwhistle was also awarded the ‘Most Inspirational Volunteer of the Year’.
High Sheriff of Northumberland, Peter Loyd, said: “We have had a marvellous night Alnwick Castle and I’d like to thank all the young people for their hard work during my shrieval year.
“The Fund supports young people in recognition of their good work in the community, and I would like to thank everybody who donated to the fund in 2013-14.
“I am proud that the young people of Northumberland make our county such a great place to live.”
Glynis Reynolds, from Ashington Joint Welfare Scheme, added: “We were delighted to have been given the top award at this year’s High Sheriff Awards, it is always an inspirational evening seeing so many young people from all walks of life.
“We will be using the money towards our Mixin it Up programme which engages young people and develops their skills and knowledge, to cook affordable, nutritional meals, using fresh fruit and vegetables. The programme helps raise the confidence and self-esteem of the young people, enhancing their opportunities for future training and employment.”
More than 200 adults and young people enjoyed the ceremony where Northumberland explorer Conrad Dickinson delivered an address inspiring youngsters with tales of his recent arctic exploration and Northumbria Army Cadet Force Pipes and Drums and Highland Dancers entertained the audience.