Children & Young People category 2015

Each year, the County Durham Volunteering Awards recognise and celebrate the fantastic work done by volunteers across County Durham.

In 2015, over 100 nominations were received across the categories of Children and Young People, Greener, Healthier, Safer, and Wealthier. In addition to the five categories, the awards also celebrated the County Durham Young Volunteer of the Year, and the Group of the Year.

The above photograph shows the winner of this category, Angela Bell (third from left), receiving her award during the celebration dinner held at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield on 21 October 2015.

Find out more about the winner of this category and the shortlisted nominees below.

Angela Bell - winner


Angela volunteers with Wolsingham Football Academy. She is passionate about giving young people opportunities  to play football, and has worked tirelessly for the academy, especially the U15s team, which she coaches, trains and manages. Angela is the major fundraiser, and thanks to her involvement, young people enjoy the opportunity to play competitive sport, keep fit, and learn how to participate without necessarily winning.  Angela puts her own problems aside to help others. She does not receive any reward other than self-satisfaction, knowing that she is giving these young people an opportunity they may not have had without her hard work.

Tracey Finney

Tracey volunteers with Pelaw View Centre. She  oversees and delivers all activities and events aimed at the children and young people who use the Centre. This includes evening sessions during term time, and five sessions a week across lunch time, during school holidays. Tracey also coordinates regular fun days on weekends. Children and young people look forward to all these activities knowing they will have a good, fun filled time. They are always well behaved for Tracey and highly respect her;  they know she is always doing her best for them and genuinely cares for all of them. Tracey is dedicated and caring; she is likeable, open and approachable, with a great sense of humour.

Graham Temby


Graham is a Police Support Volunteer with Durham Constabulary.  He is an integral part of Junior Neighbourhood Watch, delivering important safety messages to over 1000 primary school children, in a fun, informative, educational package that helps to promote safer and stronger communities.  Graham also works with upper primary age children delivering sessions on wildlife crime, as part of Durham County Badger Group.  This is an ideal opportunity to get young people on board concerning animal cruelty and wildlife crime. It also helps the Police, given that badger digging / baiting helps fuel the drugs trade.