Awards night for young achievers

YOUNG people in Northumberland who have made their mark in the last 12 months will be honoured tomorrow night.

An awards evening at Longhirst Hall will be the centrepiece of a packed programme of events put together by officers from Northumberland County Council’s participation team.

Local MPs, county councillors and representatives from voluntary organisations will join a talented and committed group of 13 to 19-year-olds to celebrate the success of a string of projects carried out in 2011.

All schemes shortlisted for awards involve teenagers engaging in activities that have improved their community.

Earlier in the day, a workshop and exhibition event will be held at the same venue to give young people and organisations from across the county the opportunity to find out more about a variety of Northumberland-based community projects and participation events.

A Young Apprentice event will also be held until Sunday. Those taking part will do some tasks, team development sessions and learning exercises in the spirit of the BBC show The Apprentice.

Northumberland County Council’s Executive Member for Children and Young People Lesley Rickerby said: “This busy weekend is a chance for us to celebrate all the fantastic achievements of those young people who have been taking part in group and individual projects across the county.

“It’s also an opportunity for local organisations to find out more about the inspiring work that young people in Northumberland are capable of.”