Young rewarded for positive work

Inspirational young people from across the north east were recognised for their positive work in the community at an awards ceremony.

Now in their fifth year, the PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) Awards celebrate and recognise the contribution young people make to the lives of others across the region.

The awards, which took place at BALTIC in Gateshead, are hosted annually by Truth about Youth which is funded by The Co-operative Foundation and run in partnership with Youth Focus: North East, to challenge and change the widespread negative perceptions of young people.

Five young people from Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project picked up the prestigious Best Youth Project Award. The group, aged between 18-23 years old, have battled through disabilities both physical and mental to successfully achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

All the group completed a five-day residential with young adults from all over Northern England and two, four day expeditions, the final expedition externally assessed as part of the Expedition Section.

The Young Volunteer Award was won by 16-year-old Tammi Berresford for her peer support role with New Hartley Kids Club and Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP), supporting youngsters with a range of disabilities including autism and Down’s syndrome.

And the Carer of the Year Award was won by 18-year-old Kerry Owen from ??? for her volunteer work with Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project, supporting other young carers and for also leading on an ITV Fixers project to produce a DVD sharing her own story and raising awareness of the needs of young carers.

She shared her personal stories, included her Mam, filming many of her roles and responsibilities show how supportive and caring Kerry is and how vital her role is within family.

Laura Iveson, development worker with the Truth about Youth programme, said: “This year’s PoSBO Awards have been particularly special as the event marks the culmination of our Truth about Youth programme.

“We’ve had a fantastic five years and have been astounded by the inspirational individuals and projects that have entered our awards each year.

“We can’t wait to see what the next 12 months will bring.”