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High Sheriff Youth Awards Scheme launched for the second year running

Sarah (left) from CDCF with Volunteers at PACT House last year

The Office of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner (ODPCVC), continues the partnership with local grant-making charity County Durham Community Foundation. Under this partnership, the ODPCVC contributes to the High SHeriff Youth Awards Scheme, which makes annual award in recognition of groups in the community who encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for local young people.

The closing date for applications for the High Sheriff Youth Awards Scheme is Sunday 10th January 2021.

In 2021 the awards will focus on youth groups within County Durham, Darlington, Stockton and Hartlepool who support young people in the community. Applications are aimed at local youth groups that provide support to young people in numerous ways, from supporting young people affected by mental health issues, helping deter young people from criminal activity as well as groups that have gone above and beyond to help their local communities during the pandemic.

Steve White Acting Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said: “I am so pleased to be able to announce that once again we are able to support local community groups and help make a difference to so many young people.

“This awards scheme can help fund youth groups that offer mental health support as well as support to young offenders wishing to turn their life around.

We are particularly interested in applications from local groups that have done remarkable work to help their local community during the pandemic”.

A spokesperson from County Durham Community Foundation said: “The Awards are very special to us because they reward the outstanding efforts of these projects.

“The young people that attend them contribute ideas, enthusiasm and energy and achieve wonderful things as a result. We are truly grateful to our supporters, including the ODPCVC, who make this highlight of the year possible.”

Last year the High Sheriff Youth Awards granted £16,000 in awards to various local groups including 1st Burnmoor Scout Group, Durham Association Boys & Girls, PACT Stanley House, 21st Darlington Scout Group and many more.

The departing High Sheriff Mr David Gray will be, as part of his final duties, making awards to local community organisations at a ceremony in March 2021.

The scheme is supported by Sir James Knott Trust, Durham Constabulary, Office of the Durham Police, Crime & Victims’ Commissioner and the current High Sheriff, Mr David Gray of Durham.

More details about the High Sheriff Youth Awards, including how to apply, can be found at https://www.cdcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/grants-for-groups/high-sheriff-youth-awards-scheme-2019/

You can also contact County Durham Community Foundation on 0191 378 6340.

Posted on Monday 21st December 2020
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