Gateshead Award Nominees 2018-19
Find out more about the nominees in each category for the Gateshead Awards 2018/19
Volunteer of the year
Voluntary / Charitable Organisation of the Year
Young Achiever of the Year (25 or under)
Carer of the Year
Sports Club of the Year
Maureen Chaplin Sports Achiever of the Year
Musician / Music Group of the Year
Olga Blackhouse - Olga works tirelessly to keep High Spen a community village. A founding member of the High Spen Community group she constantly raises funds to get High Spen a community hall everyone in the village can use. She also educates young and old on the history of the village.
Eileen Bullock - volunteers at the Winlaton Centre 6 days a week. Eileen runs the lunch club and helps families to learn to cook on a budget by sharing menu ideas and recipes. She also collects for Fareshare and from these donations hands out 'comfort packs' which include personal hygiene products, toothpaste, household cleaning products and washing supplies.
Liz and Matty Hopper - being in their 70s has not stopped Liz and Matty from being instrumental in setting up and running the Gateshead foodbank. They work in the warehouse a minimum of 2 days a week, regardless of the weather, and are always on the end of a phone. Despite the increasing demand for the foodbank they ensure food parcels are always ready to be distributed.
Citizens Advice Witness Service - have provided practical and emotional support to around 350 people appearing as witnesses at Gateshead Court. The volunteers explain the court process to witnesses and provide support on the day of the trial. They can also visit the court with the witness to make them as comfortable as possible.
Oasis Community Housing - supports the most vulnerable people across Gateshead who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Nearly 400 people have been given support with training, skills and financial budgeting and 95 people have participated in the Empower programme giving support for victims of domestic abuse.
The Winlaton Centre - since taking on the management of the centre the committee and the centre's volunteers have ensured it is at the heart of the community. With a wide range of activities, a stock of everyday essentials for those in dire need and with links to other local community groups the centre promotes true community spirit.
Lucy Carr - now 12 years old, Lucy lost her hair when she was 6 but inspires others to not let the condition stop them having a full and happy life. Last year she volunteered to be part of a fashions show with the Panache group to raise awareness of alopecia.
Rose Gladstone - as a member of Our Say Birtley Rose has helped to create events at Birtley library for teens, was instrumental in helping win a bid to run a silent disco and represented the group at a Reading Hack event in London where she talked about her volunteering work.
Will Marshall - is an inspiration to junior golfers not just at Heworth Golf Club where he plays but also throughout the Gateshead and Durham County Golf catchment area. He became the only person to have held four Durham County Championship titles in the same year and represented his county twice.
Kate Hunter - has cared for someone with a physical disability, and now dementia, for a number of years. Visiting 3 times a week Kate goes above and beyond to care and support and always treats the person with a lot of respect.
Joseph Isaac - Cares for his dad and helps him to look after the house by doing all of the tidying and cleaning. The support Joseph gives helps his dad to cope with his condition.
Ethan Pringle - At only 10 years old he cares for his mam and dad and helps his 3 sisters who are ill/disabled. He has kept the household going while dealing with his own mental health worries and has jumped up a year in school due to exceptional high standards of work.
Kensho Karate Club - two members of the club have been selected to represent England with James Harrison representing the country in Russia and Denmark and Jess Maitland. They also keep a strong balance between the elite competitors and those who train for fun.
Leam Lane Boxing Club - the club has doubled the amount of carded boxers aged 6-12 and over the last 12 months the squad has won numerous medals. The club has 4 female representatives in the Tyne Tees and Wear Gold Girl Squad.
Whickham Football Club - Having qualified for the top tier of the EBAC Northern League for the first time in 30 years the club have also had major success in junior football. The club have also expanded with an under 11 team.
Jade Childs - having won 6 out of 8 boxing bouts over the last 12 months Jade has been chosen to be part of the Tyne Tees and Wear Golden Girls squad and was picked to box in the first all England female box cup in Manchester where she won a silver medal.
Jack Halpin - has won numerous shot putt competitions over the last 12 months and maintained his ranking as number 1 in shot and hammer for the whole of 2018. He has also won gold at the Northern Indoor Championships 2019 at the English Institute of Sport.
Harry Outterside - has represented Durham County, Gateshead College and England Colleges Under 18's and currently plays for Gateshead FC Reserves. He scored 2 goals on international duty in Rome and was awarded the golden boot from his team mates.
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.
Gem Arts - this organisation celebrates culturally diverse arts through events, concerts and festivals. They are currently delivering the East by North East project which brings together young people from across Newcastle and Gateshead to showcase their musical talents across many genres.
Low Fell Community Choir - has given local people the chance to come together and share a love of singing. Everyone is welcome to join and the choir has helped the group to manage issues they may be facing including mental health problems.