Youth work takes to the spotlight at regional awards

Posted on 29th January 2013 | in Community

Professionals from the youth work sector look set to shine in 2013, thanks to a regional awards ceremony.

The North East Youth Work Awards celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and contribution that youth services and individuals across the region have made to the youth sector.

The Awards, now in their second year, are hosted by the Regional Youth Work Unit – North East (RYWU-NE), a charity based in Gateshead that works across the region to improve the lives of young people.

Individuals, projects and youth services based in the North East who work with young people between the ages of 11-25 can enter for one of the 10 awards, which includes: Youth Worker of the Year, Youth Work Manager of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Contribution in 2012, Lifetime Achievement, Best Youth Participation Initiative, Best Youth Work Partnership, Services to Young People, Innovative Practice and Youth Arts/Culture Award.

Leon Mexter, chief executive of the RYWU-NE, said: “The youth work sector is experiencing really tough challenges at the moment. Amidst this gloom and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to highlight and recognise the fantastic work that takes place with young people up and down our region, and we hope that the 2013 North East Youth Work Awards will do just that.”

The awards close for nominations on 6 February, with the ceremony taking place at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on 26 March 2013. For more information about the Awards visit:

As well as hosting the North East Youth Work Awards, the Regional Youth Work Unit – North East also co-ordinates a number of regional programmes, including Truth About Youth, NE-Generation, somewhereto_, the North East Youth Network and My Mind Matters.

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