Youth with YMCA North Tyneside
A Graceful Win for NE Youth’s Inspiring Young Female Award
29 Apr, 2021
In celebration of International Women's Day 2021, NE Youth presented a number of awards to six incredible women, in honour of their amazing talent.

The online ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle’s Anna Foster and the award categories included things such as Outstanding key Worker and Outstanding Woman of the year.

Two young girls, Kayla Ford and Grace McNulty from the Central Jarrow Detached Youth Project both received recognition for their hard work with Kaykla receiving a top 3 nomination and Grace winning the award for Inspiring Young Female.

Grace has been a long-standing, active member of the Partnership Board for Jarrow Big Local and a regular attendee at the youth project for several years now. She has grown in confidence and become the driving force behind so much good in her community.


From planning successful fundraising events to writing funding bids, the list of things Grace has accomplished is endless. One of Grace’s most impactful ideas was the Cemetery Project. Grace had often walked through the local cemetery and felt sad for the people buried in the “forgotten” or overgrown graves. Her idea was to show respect for the people buried in these less kept graves by cutting back weeds, thorns and cleaning up the stones. Once approval was granted by the Local Authority, Grace contacted the cemetery Facebook page and YMCA’s Youth and Play team arranged to meet the team of volunteers.

Visits to the cemetery have been taking place each Sunday morning for almost a year now and each week over 10 young people attend.

Striving for a Better World

Grace McNulty is an exemplary young person with bags of enthusiasm and a true passion for helping others. She was nominated for the Inspiring Young Female award by a number of people who have known and supported her throughout the year and she has told YMCA that she wishes to become a community worker when she grows up.

If you would like to know more about The NE Youth Awards and the incredible work that Grace has done, please visit The Shields Gazette.

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