New Writing North shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2021

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We are delighted to announce that we have made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

New Writing North has been shortlisted in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category for our Young Writers programme, which supports young people to express their ideas, to work with professional writers and artists, to create and share new work and to meet other young writers.

The Charity Awards, which announces its shortlist today (7 May), is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 27 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.

New Writing North Young Writers works with thousands of young people each year to identify and nurture talent, leadership skills and creative habits. The programme promotes wellbeing and develops confidence and peer connection, providing pastoral support and a listening ear as well as artistic development. Both within schools and in open-access community groups it offers consistent, free-to-access, year-round creative writing provision in towns and cities across the North East. Due to systemic inequality, we focus our resources in areas where young people have fewer opportunities to get involved in culture.

Through the programme young people have the opportunity to try a wide range of art forms, from songwriting to scripting and performing in their own short films. New Writing North’s long-term and consistent approach means young people become comfortable with artistic self-expression and develop a network of peers and professionals that they can co-create and collaborate with.


Find out more about our Young Writers’ programme in our 2019-20 Impact Report

If you are a young person (or parent of one), find out how to join our Young Writers’ Groups, which are currently meeting online. 

The ten category winners of the Charity Awards, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a live-streamed online awards ceremony on 10 June.