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Gateshead Award Nominees 2020

Find out more about the nominees in each category for the Gateshead Awards 2020

Volunteer of the year
Voluntary / Charitable Organisation of the Year
Carer of the Year
Sports Club of the Year
Maureen Chaplin Sports Achiever of the Year
Musician / Music Group of the Year
Business in the Community Award
Armed Forces Community Achiever


Volunteer of the Year - sponsored by Go North East

Tarik Abdelgani - is a committed volunteer with the British Red Cross. He delivers the induction programme, training over 100 new volunteers throughout the year, and delivers refugee awareness and first aid courses across schools, community centres and other organisations in Tyne and Wear.

Jane Thwaite - volunteers for Citizens Advice Gateshead providing advice and supervising other volunteers. She has supported recruitment training and retention of volunteers which has significantly increased their capacity. Her mediation skills are also invaluable.

Susan Young - volunteers for Gateshead Carers' Association on the reception desk and always gives a warm welcome to everyone. As a carer herself Susan is an invaluable member of the team who understands the needs of visitors. Volunteering for GCA has also encourage Susan to volunteer for Marie Curie.

Voluntary / Charitable Organisation of the Year - sponsored by Robertson Construction England

Felling Food Network - provides food parcels to those most in need and is a safe and welcoming place for people in the community to come to meet others. The network has also been providing additional support in certain areas, for example help with universal credit applications and accessing learning skills.

Harvest & Help - this organisation, run by people with learning disabilities and autism, provides an award winning, quality gardening service to Gateshead residents. They work in partnership with the local parish council to keep local areas tidy and support Kibblesworth Millennium Centre. Many of their customers are elderly and look forward to the visits from Harvest & Help.

Inspiration Drumline - after school drumming clubs for children of all ages, at Cedars Academy, who have a variety of disabilities and special educational needs. The clubs have become increasingly popular as they boost confidence, promote teamwork and are therapeutic.

Carer of the Year - sponsored by Intu Metrocentre

Janice Young - cares for 3 children, giving them a safe and loving home to enable them to thrive. She is a key member of the local community and is very supportive of the school. Despite the challenges she faces she is always smiling.

Adele Davies and Joy Bell - not only do Adele and Joy care for each other they also care for other family members who have both physical and mental health conditions. They both gave up their jobs to become full time carers and selflessly give all their time to helping their families and anyone else who asks.

Owen Turnbull - had tirelessly cared for his wife, who suffered from dementia, for 5 years before she sadly passed away last year. At the same time as caring for Bell he also took part in the Hen Power project to help others understand the challenges if caring for someone with dementia. He also visits care homes to teach people about reducing social isolation and engaging with creativity later in life.

Sports Club of the Year - sponsored by HY Hubs

Gateshead Harriers - over the last 12 months, the club has had many individual achievements including 6 athletes selected for international competitions and various team successes. The club has also actively looked to promote the health agenda by supporting other events such as the Quayside Run, the Throws Fest for para athletes and a training session for ex service people taking part in the Invictus Games trials.

Red Kite Runners - an inspirational community running club that helps many people in the local community to achieve their goals and improve their fitness. Many of the people who join the club have never run before but go on to take part and succeed in events such as the Great North Run.

Whickham Cricket Club - now with 3 senior side and 9 junior teams, the 1st team had success achieving promotion to Division 2 of the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League and won the William Birkett Memorial Cup. The Allstars programme attracted over 120 5 to 7 year olds and junior coaching nights had over 200 children regularly attending.

Maureen Chaplin Sports Achiever of the Year - sponsored by Tarmac

Anthony Forester - head coach at the community basketball club, Cardinal Hornets, Anthony worked incredibly hard to improve the club. They now have the highest number of memberships. He has created many opportunities for young people to transition from sessions in school to a lifelong sport and hobby.

Jack Halpin - Jack is a nationally recognised athlete who has dominated the shot putt and hammer within junior athletics. He won U17 gold once again at the Northern Indoor Championships and has finished almost all competitions he's competed in on the podium.

Musician / Music Group of the Year - sponsored by Northgate Vehicle Hire

Aukestra - a band made up of mostly autistic musicians which uses the creativity of music to help the young people to thrive. It provides a social environment which encourages the young people to share their talents and the group have performed nationally and internationally. Due to vandalism they had their premises burned down but continued to perform after managing to replace the instruments.

Lynne Bloxham - founder of the charity Community Music Whickham and Swalwell which aims to provide musical tuition to local people. She has also established Community Orchestra which now has 25 members aged 8-80. The orchestra promotes the benefits of playing music together and they have a good relationship with the local churches to rehearse and perform.

Gateshead Care Home Choir - Made up of 75 care staff and older people living with dementia the choir meet regularly with professional musicians to rehearse well-known songs and compose new ones based on their experiences. The choir encourages the older people to explore their creativity.

Business in the Community Award - sponsored by By The River Brew Co.

Inspired Support - providing new support services for people in Gateshead with autism. The services they provide include Inspired Active which helps people learn social, life and work skills through health, fitness and knowledge of nutrition. The newest addition Inspired Digital supports those with an interest in media and design who want to take the next steps to employment. 

Open House and the Spare Room - this business embraces sustainability selling clothes made in a sustainable way from sustainable materials, offering a refill station for products such as shower gels, collects materials for general recycling and does educational talks in schools. There is also a room which can be rented out by other businesses or for fun events which bring the community together.

The Pickle Palace - has saved a dramatic amount of waste from going to landfill by collecting food that would be binned and using it at their markets where the local community can pay to fill a shopping bag. They are also using these items to cook for lunch clubs and have been teaching children in schools to limit their waste.

Armed Forces Community Achiever

Val Hempsey - has pioneered the data gathering of information on ex-service personnel living within Gateshead. Her coding of GP forms is now seen as best practice and it has enabled the Clinical Commissioning Group to target their resources for the armed forces more effectively. Val's dedication has improved the welfare of many veterans in the borough.

Peter Moody - as an ex forces army veteran Peter has worked hard to develop GAP Group North East, which transports waste from civic amenity sites within the region. He mainly hires ex forces personnel, supports veteran charities and has worked with REED to become a forces-friendly organisation.

Vince Owen - A former Regular Army soldier having served in the Royal Artillery, Vince is now employed as resident caretaker at Napier Armoury. Last year during a major fire incident Vince acted quickly and effectively to help the Emergency Services deal with the fire. His actions helped to prevent loss-of-life and lessened the fire damage to properties.

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