Prominent Blyth resident awarded Life President for youth work

A prominent Blyth resident has received a Life President status for his commitment to youth work.

Friday, 2nd August 2019, 12:36 pm
Updated Friday, 9th August 2019, 8:00 pm
Nigel Voules and grandson Parker Morrow.

Nigel Voules, 75, was honoured with the award by Whitley Bay Young People’s Centre and regional charity NE Youth for his 36 years’ service, leading on numerous youth activity programmes for young people across the North East.

Nigel, originally from Ipswich, joined Northumberland Association of Boys Clubs in 1973. He led on the development of a new county activity programme, which opened up opportunities for young people.

Nigel led on the important rebrand in the 1990’s, where the charity became Northumberland Association of Club’s for Young People, going on to be renamed NE Youth in 2016.

Current NE Youth chief executive Jon Niblo said: “Nigel is a much-loved member of the youth sector both regionally and nationally. The event was a fitting reward for his loyal service and valued contribution.”

Nigel, who retired from his post in 2009 and was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2017, was not able to receive the award himself in person due to ill health. His three daughters Kerry, 44, Kimberley, 42 and Sophie, 34, collected the award on his behalf.

Sophie said: “We are so proud to be accepting this award on behalf of my father. His work was a true reflection of an inspirational man who always had everyone’s best interest at heart, supporting and growing the dreams of youths of today to develop the communities he supported.”

During the Recognising Achievement evening more than £200 was raised for Alzheimer’s Society.