In celebration of all the achievements made by the young people over the past year, ‘Bridging the Gap’, a North Devon Homes Big Lottery funded project working with young people, held two “Golden Globes” style awards nights at the Forches Community Centre, Barnstaple and the Slade Valley Vision Centre, Ilfracombe.
The two events were hosted by young people with their Youth Management Team selecting 18 categories for awards including Senior Member of the year. Project staff also selected the much coveted status of senior member awarded to 6 young people as part of the evening’s events. Senior members are young people who have proven themselves to be fantastic peer mentors for other project members and have continually demonstrated their dedication and commitment to the Bridging the Gap project. Senior Members have their own named hooded sweatshirts displaying their status and giving the younger members something to strive towards.
The halls were decorated in true award ceremony style, and the staff and many of the young people attended the ceremony in smart dress befitting the occasion. The Barnstaple Rotary and Ilfracombe Rotary donated money for the trophies, buffet and highly sought after Senior Member shirts.
Guests on the night who participated in presenting awards were; Barnstaple and Ilfracombe Fire Station, Barnstaple Rotary, Deputy Mayor of Barnstaple Councillor Ian Broome, the University of St Mark & St John’s Dr Susan Cooper, The Tubby Foundation’s David Tubby, the NHS, Head Teacher of Forches Cross Primary School Paul Wisken, the Voice Radio Station, Ilfracombe Rotary and staff from North Devon Homes.
The atmosphere throughout the evening was electric, there were smiles all round and the young people were so supportive of each other, cheering and applauding each nominee whether they were the winner or runner up. We would like to say a big thank you to all the businesses in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe who were very generous in their donations for the raffles that were held at the end of each evening.