Volunteer is honoured

A volunteer from Blyth has been honoured after dedicating five decades of his life to helping youngsters.

Nigel Voules was one of three people to be presented with Lifetime Achievement awards at the North East Youth Work Awards, held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

He was honoured for his dedication to the work of the National Boys Club and the clubs for young people movement spanning five decades.

The awards are hosted annually by Youth Focus: North East and saw 13 prizes handed out to individuals, projects and youth services who work with young people between the ages of 11 and 25.

Leon Mexter, chief executive of Youth Focus: North East, said: “Youth work is a profession that, all too often, hides its light under a bushel.

“Occasions like our awards helps to highlight the outstanding contribution youth workers and youth organisations make to the community.”