Greenfield Arts’ Youth Cree group and student Kyle Scott were recently awarded the prestigious Durham County Council Chairman’s Medal for their positive contribution to the community.
The awards were held at County Hall and for the first time a young person’s category was introduced.
Greenfield Arts have developed the Youth Cree since January 2015. The Youth Cree group have been working together with artists and practitioners as part of a wider project which aims to improve positive well-being and they have successfully reached the community in a variety of positive and creative ways.
The project is funded by Public Health and GAMP and developed and led by Greenfield Arts.
Some of their fabulous achievements include the introduction of a kindness manifesto which was presented along with gifts of kindness at our winter wonderland celebration, an uplifting artwork for Bewick Crescent Surgery.
Katy Milne, director of arts and creativity, said: “I was very pleased to nominate the group as they do amazing kind things for others.
“In the process they have grown far over time into confident, secure individuals that are rightly very proud of the contribution they have made to the wider community.”
Kyle, 12, was recognised for all of his hard work at Eldon Community Centre where he has been a regular since the age of eight, he has willingly helped with a range of activities and has proved to be a positive role model for the younger and older children at the centre.
He has also helped during school holidays helping out at lunchtimes and has even written to the Parish Council to suggest improvements for facilities for young people.
Katy and Greenfield Community College Executive Headteacher David Priestley attended the ceremony where Kyle and representatives of the Youth Cree group Brandon Twidale and Harry Wilson were presented with their respective awards.