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Town Council honours young people of Bishop Auckland

On Monday 19th June 2023, Bishop Auckland Town Council hosted their ‘Youth Awards’ where they had the pleasure of issuing 26 awards to deserving young people as their achievements, selfless determination and dedication were celebrated.

Group Photograph of all attendees at Youth Awards 2023 in Bishop Auckland Town Hall.
Group Photograph of all attendees at Youth Awards 2023 held in Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

The award winners were met on the red carpet at the iconic Bishop Auckland Town Hall by Mayor Sam Zair and the Town Clerk, Sarah Harris. The event commenced with a fabulous ‘afternoon tea’ where winners were joined by the local dignitaries and business representatives who kindly sponsored some of the awards.

Mayor Sam Zair, Rosie Oliver, and Max Hunt - Winners of Special Recognition Award 2023
Mayor Sam Zair, Rosie Oliver and Max Hunt – Winners of Special Recognition Award 2023

Mayor Sam Zair said: “Often young people get a bad rap, however I know that there is some fantastic young people in Bishop Auckland and it testament to this that we were able to celebrate some of them on Monday. It was a wonderful evening filled with both heart-breaking and heart-warming stories of these exceptional young people. Common themes amongst the nominations were about how selfless, brave, determined and inspirational these young people are. Therefore we are very grateful and give thanks to those who took the time to complete the nomination forms, as we know that youth workers, teachers, sports clubs etc are facing pressures like never before and to those from the business community who kindly sponsored some of the categories, as they have helped make the evening even more special.”

The compare for the evening was Channy Thompson, a TikTok influencer, singer/ songwriter, ambassador for NR Youth and Girl Guiding, from Newcastle Upon Tyne who introduced the awards and closed the event with a couple of songs.

Maxine Jordan, Youth Worker at Auckland Youth and Community Centre said: “It was a wonderful evening where young people from Bishop Auckland were given recognition for their accomplishments, as many of them don’t realise how special some of the things that the do are. This celebration showcases our young people in a positive way, and it has helped them to recognise not only their own achievements but those of others. They are able to take inspiration from the evening so that they can continue to grow and strive for great things all whilst flying the flag for Bishop Auckland.”

A range of achievements from acts of bravery, to those who have overcome personal challenges in face of adversity, to those who provide inspiration to others, to dedicated young carers, to environment campaigners and many more were all honoured. Each winner received a certificate, trophy and gift voucher.

Winners of the Young Carer Award 2023 - Maya Watson and Macinlay King with Elaine and Keith Gordon from the Gaming Hideaway
Winners of the Young Carer Award 2023 – Maya Watson and Macinlay King with Elaine and Keith Gordon from the Gaming Hideaway

Chris King, father of Macinlay King, one of the winners of the Young Carer Award said: “Tonight the young people have been treat like royalty and their needs were the foundation of the whole evening. There were lots of tears and moments of true pride. It was definitely evening our son and others will treasure and remember for a long time. Thank you to everyone involved.”

A special Thank You to each of the Award Sponsors:

  • The Gaming Hideaway
  • The Auckland Project
  • Smith Roddam Solicitors
  • Hidden Story
  • Teescraft Engineering
  • BTL Timber Toronto
  • Wilsons Veterinary Group
  • Durham Constabulary

Award categories:

Young Volunteer – This award recognises two young people who have taken pride in volunteering, have demonstrated accountability to making a difference to people within the community.

Overcoming Personal Difficulties – This award recognises two young people who have overcome or striving to overcome a life altering situation whether this be personal or a direct impact on the young person due to a family circumstance.

Young Carer – This award recognises two young people who have showed selfless dedication, achievements and on a regular basis contributed to looking after a family member or friend who has a physical or mental health condition.

Young Person Act of Bravery – two awards were issued to a duo and an individual. The remit for this award is to recognise young people who have shown great strength and bravery to overcome a barrier or situation in their life. This could be by speaking out against others, standing up for themselves or a peer or something similar.

Inspirational Young Person Award – Two awards were issued.  The award recognises someone who has been involved in social education and peer support for others. The have helped inspire others to grow and develop in a new skill.  They have helped make a difference to another individual or groups lives.

Inspirational Peer Supporter – One award was issued. Similar to the last category we have the inspirational peer award, which recognises someone who has been involved peer support for others, despite facing challenge themselves.

Young Achiever – Two awards were issued. This award is recognising young people with outstanding self-belief in all aspects of their life. People who have overcome social barriers to go on and excel in their life whether it be social, academic or personal. They have a positive outlook and inspire others.

Green Award – One award was issued. This award recognises someone who has gone above and beyond to try and promote or demonstrate the requirements for greener living.

Positive Attitude – Two awards were issued. This category is to recognised two young people who remain positive and strong despite what is happening in their own lives.

Nic Cooper Award – Nic was a worthy winner of the Inspirational Young Person Award back in 2019. Nick fought hard to battle his illness but he sadly passed a short time later. Therefore the Town Council have named an award in his memory.

Team of the Year – Two teams were recognised.  This award recognises a group of young people who have come together and made a difference, be in in sport, through social action, through art or culture projects, etc.

Making a Difference – Although these next two groups didn’t win team of the year they did inspire the judges and therefore are being recognised for making a difference.

Special Contribution to Volunteering – Whilst not winners in their category they were originally nominated in, the Town Council wanted to recognise 3 young people who have made a significant contribution to volunteering.

Special Achievement Awards – These were the final award of the evening, and it is a special achievement award, as when the Town Council reviewed the nominations, the council felt that the two young people needed special recognitions for what they achieve.




Youth Awards Presentation Evening 2019

Group photograph of the Nominees for the 2019 Youth Award, held in Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Nominees for the 2019 Youth Award, held in Bishop Auckland Town Hall

 

The Town Council celebrated its fifth annual Youth Awards on 1st May 2019 to acknowledge, celebrate and give recognition to young people in our town who have made significant progress in their own lives, achieved something significant or have made considerable contributions to others.

This year we received nominations for 18 individuals and 12 teams representing the most amazing young sports people, volunteers, carers, and school achievers, who are bright, hardworking young people from Bishop Auckland.

Councillor Dave Fleming, who officiated at the presentation as Mayor of Bishop Auckland, said:
“I feel very privileged to be able to be a part of these awards. I’d like to congratulate everyone that was nominated. We have some brilliant young people in Bishop Auckland and we should celebrate their achievements.”

 

Special Achievement Awards

Special awards were presented to the following in recognition of their outstanding achievements:

 Mayor David Fleming and Councillor Sam Zair, presenting Special Award to Lucy Capenhurst Sporting Achievement

Lucy Capenhurst for sporting achievement in Rugby Union as a young player, coach and champion of girls rugby.

 

 Mayor David Fleming and Councillor Leanda Chappell, presenting Special Award to Nic Cooper Inspirational Young Person

Nic Cooper for his outstanding courage and determination to
achieve sporting and academic success while continuing to
support others despite facing his own personal adversities.

 

Mayor David Fleming and Councillor Lee Brownson, presenting Special Awards to Lilly Lockey and Evangeline-Lilli Mitchell Kindness, Empathy and Maturity

Lilly Lockey and Evangeline -Lilli Mitchell for showing great
kindness, empathy and maturity to support their friend when
she was in the greatest need.

 

 Mayor David Fleming and Councillor Leanda Chappell, presenting Special Award to Mia Marshall Overcoming Adversity

Mia Marshall for courage and strength in the face of adversity.

 

 

 Mayor David Fleming and Councillor Lesley Zair, presenting Special Award to Sophie Sharp Perseverance

Sophie Sharp for her perseverance in overcoming her own
personal battle and achieving success in academic studies and drama.

 

 Mayor David Fleming with Councillor Adam Zair presenting the Special Award to Hope Simpson Courage and Determination

Hope Simpson for her courage and determination to succeed
in art and literature despite debilitating setbacks.

 

 Mayor Joy Allen presenting Special Award to Abbi Stephenson Academic Achievement

Abbi Stephenson for her academic success and continued
drive and determination to progress into higher education
towards a career in a science discipline.

 

 Mayor David Fleming presenting Special Awards to Chloe and Simone Toward Young Carers

Chloe and Simone Toward for the remarkable role they
undertake in caring for their sister Chardene and also for their dedication to their studies at school.

 

Team Awards

Highly Commended awards were presented to:

 Mayor David Fleming and Councillor Lee Brownson, presenting Special Award to the Girl Friendly Society Group, Auckland Youth and Community Centre Girl Friendly Society Group – Auckland Youth and
Community Centre (AYCC)
In recognition of their efforts and hard work to inspire young
women and young people in general to make positive
contributions to their local community.
 Mayor David Fleming and Councillor Lee Brownson, presenting Special Award to eCadets, Cockton Hill Junior School eCadets, Cockton Hill Junior School,

In recognition of their efforts, hard work and expertise in
promoting online safety.

 

 Mayor David Fleming and Councillor Lee Brownson, presenting Special Award to Working Out Worries of Cockton Hill Junior School Working Out Worries, Cockton Hill Junior School,

In recognition of their efforts in raising awareness of different
aspects of bullying and supporting their peers by helping
finding solutions and acting as mediators.

Team of the Year for 2019

AYCC’s Disability Youth Group was announced as Team of the Year in recognition of their efforts and hard work on focusing on and promoting individual abilities and for supporting each other to achieve great things.

Mayor David Fleming presenting the Team of the Year Award to AYCC’s Disability Youth Group

The Group was presented with a certificate and £500 to help their future endeavours.

 




Youth Awards Presentation Evening 2018

Group photograph of Special Award Winners at the 2018 Youth Awards
Group photograph of Special Award Winners at the 2018 Youth Awards

The Bishop Auckland community was very well represented at the Youth Awards Presentation Evening at the Town Hall on Monday evening, and what an evening it was, celebrating the achievements of young people in Bishop Auckland!

All of the nominees received a certificate and Special ‘Mayors Medal’ Awards were handed out to four outstanding nominees and one team:

  • Determination and Resilience; Charlotte Bradley from Cockton Hill Junior School
  • School Champion; Alexandra Golightly from St John’s School and 6th form College
  • Triumph over Adversity; Emily Owen from St John’s School and 6th form College
  • Sporting Achievement; Franco Bourne from King James 1 Academy

Winning £500 for their Team, Cockton Hill Junior School Mini Police.

Councillor Fleming said:

“We have been completely bowled over this year by the sheer talent, courage and determination of our young people, what a fantastic evening!”

“All of the nominees were very deserving, and should be extremely proud of themselves.”

The full list of this year’s nominees were:

Individuals

Leon Davies                                           King James 1 Academy
Franco Bourne                                     King James 1 Academy
Kennedy Aldsworth                            King James 1 Academy
Niamh Dawson                                    Spectrum Roller Skating
Georgia Grace Powell Abbott
Charlotte Bradley                                Cockton Hill Junior School
Jack Purdham
Amy Dolphin                                        St Johns School
Alexandra Golightly                          St Johns School
Emily Owen                                          St Johns School
Matthew Lonergan                            St Johns School

Teams

Mini Police                                               Cockton Hill Junior School
Junior British League Boys              Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club
Association of Boys and Girls          Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club
Fundraising for Demi-Lee Proud    King James 1 Academy
My Money Week                                     King James 1 Academy
Roots                                                          King James 1 Academy
NECOP                                                       King James 1 Academy
Spectrum Roller Skating                   Spectrum Roller Skating
Youth Team                                            Stockton and Darlington Railway Youth Team
Year 7 Rugby Team                              St John’s School and Sixth Form




Youth Awards Presentation Evening 2017

Mayor and Councillors are proud and inspired at this year’s awards

Group photograph of Special Award Winners at the 2017 Youth Awards
Group photograph of Special Award Winners at the 2017 Youth Awards

This year’s Bishop Auckland Town Youth Awards attracted a record number of nominations and at the Town Hall on Monday 26th June 2017, the Special Award winners were announced.

Hosts for the evening, The Mayor of Bishop Auckland Councillor Adam Zair and Andy Mitchell from Bishop FM told a packed audience that the standard and calibre of nominations had been exceptional.

All of the nominees received a certificate and Special Awards were handed out to eight outstanding nominees and one group:

  • Inspirational Volunteer; Abi Forster from Bishop Auckland Rugby Club
  • Sports Achievement; Niamh Dawson from Spectrum Roller Skating
  • Community Champion Award; Georgia grace Powell Abbott
  • Overcoming Adversity; Adam Summerbell, St Johns School
  • Music and the Arts; Millie Cairns, St Johns School
  • Outstanding Personal Achievement; Libby Burns, St Johns School
  • Community Mentor; Ellie Anderson, Bishop Barrington
  • School Champion; Jayellen Dixon, Bishop Barrington
  • Youth Team of the Year 2017; Stockton and Darlington Railway Youth Team

Winning £500 for their Team, Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club, the Coach of the Year 2017 award was shared between Matt Porter and Lee Tinkler.

Councillor Zair said:  “What a fantastic evening!”  “As a Council we wanted to celebrate the fantastic young people we have here in Bishop Auckland.  The quality of the nominations exceeded all expectations and we are really proud of the amazing young sports people, volunteers, carers and school achievers here in our Town”




Youth Awards Presentation Evening 2016

Its official, Bishop Auckland’s Young People, Coaches and Volunteers are amazing!

Group photograph of the Special Award Winners at the 2016 Youth Awards
Group photograph of the Special Award Winners at the 2016 Youth Awards

Bishop Auckland Town Council last night held its 2nd Youth Awards Ceremony at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday 8th June 2016.

With 35 youth and 5 coach/volunteer nominations from schools, groups and parents there were 130 guests in attendance, who were entertained with special dance performances by Sandra Welsh School of Dance and a buffet in the interval.

All of the nominees received a certificate from the Mayor, Councillor Ann Golightly and Special Awards were handed out to 8 outstanding nominees:

  • Sports Achievement; Jack Jacomb from Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club
  • Young Volunteer; Luke Holmes from Stockton and Darlington Railway Youth Team
  • Triumph Over Adversity; Nathan Mould from St John’s School and Sixth Form College
  • Young Carer; Natasha Watson from Bridge Young Carers, Bishop Auckland
  • Outstanding Achievement; Joshua and Thomas Wraith from Bishop Barrington School
  • Youth Group 2016; The Literacy Leaders of St John’s School and Sixth Form College

New for 2016 was the Coaches/Volunteers category.  Winning £500 for Cultivate for Life, the Volunteer of the Year 2016 went to David Nicholson.

Councillor Golightly said: “As a Council we wanted to celebrate the fantastic young people we have here in Bishop Auckland.  The quality of the nominations exceeded all expectations and we are really proud of the amazing young sports people, volunteers, carers and school achievers here in our Town.”

 




Youth Awards Presentation Evening 2015

Mayor Lee Brownson with Councillors David Fleming, Ann Golightly, Alan Anderson, Lesley Zair and Sam Zair  with Outstanding Award Winners 2015
Mayor Lee Brownson with Councillors David Fleming, Ann Golightly, Alan Anderson, Lesley Zair and Sam Zair  with Outstanding Award Winners 2015

Bishop Auckland Town Council held its 1st individual Youth Awards Ceremony at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday 3rd June 2015.

With 30 nominations from schools, groups and parents in Bishop Auckland there were 120 guests in attendance.  All of the nominees received a certificate from the Mayor, Councillor Lee Brownson and Special Awards were handed out to 8 outstanding nominees:

  • Supporting the Community; Alex Tighe
  • Young Volunteer; John Hook from Stockton and Darlington Railway Youth Team
  • Personal Achievement; Reece Robson from Cultivate 4 Life
  • Young Carer; Bethany Smithfield-Davison
  • Outstanding Achievement; Steven Taylor from St John’s School and Sixth Form
  • The Arts; Blaine Richardson from Richardson’s Dance Studio
  • Sports Achievement; Ellie Barker and Connor Keeble both from Bishop Barrington.

The Mayor, Councillor Brownson said:  “As a Council we wanted to celebrate the fantastic young people we have here in Bishop Auckland.  The quality of the nominations exceeded all expectations and we are really proud of the amazing young sports people, volunteers, carers, dancers and school achievers here in our Town”