Altogether Better for Children & Young People Category 2014

This category was sponsored by Beamish Museum in 2014  In the clip below, Richard Evans explains why the museum was keen to sponsor the awards.

The Category winner was Dorothy Bowman.  The runners up were Donna Bruce and John Maudling.  Read about their achievements below:

  Dorothy Bowman WINNER

From Newton Aycliffe, Dorothy set up the Eskdale Playgroup in 1996 . This led to the formation of Junior Neighbourhood Watch, where weekly discos for young people raised money for trips and visits. During 2006, Dorothy managed to take on a local disused public house. In the year before the building was demolished, she ran a youth club from it, offering discos, table tennis, arts and crafts and healthy eating sessions. This led, via a bus fitted out as a youth club, to a Drop In Youth House. During 2011 and 2012, Dorothy was instrumental in the creation of the Dales Play Area and a Multi-Use Games Area in her community. She has gone on to open a Community Internet Café for people of all ages.

Quoting from her nomination form, “She never gives up and always goes the extra mile. She never judges yet is not afraid to question”.

  Donna Bruce  RUNNER UP

Donna has also been nominated in the Altogether Healthier category. Donna comes from Nettlesworth in Chester-le-Street where she puts in many hours as a volunteer for Nettlesworth Youthie, a place for children and young people of all ages. The Youthie provides a pleasant, safe environment for young people that has given them a space off the streets and according to Cestria Housing has significantly reduced anti-social behaviour. However, Donna’s volunteering doesn’t stop there. She is now in the process of opening a Community Café, offering hot meals at an affordable price in addition to a food bank. Donna leads on fundraising and has been known to write funding bids into the early hours of the morning.

  John Maudling  RUNNER UP

Being a busy local postman in Horden in one of the most deprived communities of County Durham has not prevented John from working to develop solutions for the local community through the Horden Regeneration Group.

Taking on the challenge of the dilapidated Cotsford Park Play Area, John has worked tirelessly to raise the issues of poor play areas with local government. Setting up a working group to tackle the issue, consulting the community, drawing up plans and raising £54,000 has now been completed and the new play area is expected to open early next year.