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Black History Youth Awards & Fundraising Dinner 2016

This year's event took place at The Hub, Teesside University on Friday 21st October.  Our 3rd Annual Awards Dinner was a huge success and was presented by ITV's Helen Ford and Actress Tanya Vital presented an award to one of the young people.  

The Black History Youth Awards arose to address the unique set of challenges facing young black people in Teesside.  It seeks to raise aspirations through promoting positive role models, celebrating positive stories rather than focusing on negatives and to promote our mentoring project “It’s You & Me”.  Through a prestigious black tie dinner we hope to show young black people that success is achievable and allow them to meet individuals, organizations and businesses to broaden their horizons and further their prospects.  We firmly believe in the African adage that “it takes a village to raise a child” and it is this which drives the current initiative.

If you would be interested in sponsoring our next event or would be interested in becoming a mentor for the young people in our project please contact Cultures CIC on 01642 605838 or email us at

Sponsors of the Black History Youth Awards and Fundraising Dinner 2016

Teesside University it celebrating its 80th Anniversary and is Teesside's largest university.  Based in Middlesbrough it is attended by over 20,000 students and offers a varied range of courses.

Teesside University it one of our biggest sponsors of not only the Black History Youth Awards and Fundraising Dinner but also our Taste of Africa event.

For further information about Teesside University please contact 01642 218121 or visit

Stockton Riverside College is a further education college located in Thornaby.

The college offers a range of courses for students from Stockton-on-Tees and the surrounding area. These courses include DiplomasNVQsBTECs and ESOL programmes. Stockton Riverside College also owns and operates Bede College in Billingham, offering A Levels to local school-leavers.

Cleaning and Support Services Limited is a family owned and run firm – headed by Grahame Chapman, a Chartered Surveyor. CASS benefits from over 25 years in the facilities management business. We provide a wide range of services and have extensive knowledge in the cleaning and maintenance of offices and other commercial premises for large and small organisations.

Cleaning and Support Services Limited is also fully accredited or approved by SAFEcontractor, Achilles UVDB and Buying Force and the Security Industry Authority for Key Holding and Static Guarding, giving you the peace of mind that your cleaning work will be carried out professionally and safely.

Paul J Watson has been practising as a Teesside Solicitor since 1982 and is based on Borough Road, Middlesbrough.  They have dedicated much time to helping local community groups and charities, supporting events, providing sponsorship, offering training on legal issues to both charity staff and service users, and giving work experience to less privileged youths.  You can see a sample of their work on their website.  They strongly believe that companies have a duty to give back to their local community and this can be achieved even with a smaller firm like theirs.  As a result, 2015-2016 saw the firm win a number of awards for its service to the community 

As an experienced Law Firm Halliday Reeves pride themselves on delivering quality advice at good value prices to both individuals and organisations wherever you are based in the world.

With a long established pedigree in providing quality Immigration Law advice to clients they aim to provide good quality advice at good value prices.


With offices across the North of England, appointments available throughout the UK, and state of the art IT they use the latest technology to assist our clients via email, telephone and Skype as well as face to face….the choice is yours!


Their team of accredited Immigration Lawyers offer advice and assistance to client’s based in the UK and elsewhere in the world in relation to all UK Visa applications for Individuals, Families, Sportspeople, Businesses, Students, Entry Clearance, Nationality, Family Reunion, Asylum & Human Rights applications, Detention and prison based work, appeals and advocacy including representation at appeals.  

Infinity Brand Management was borne through a mutual love of music and design, which combines music management, talent agents and creatives.

Infinity evolves daily and continues to develop at an increasing speed. Their team pride themselves on their remarkable reputation at guiding their client’s careers and brands, beyond what other companies and professionals believe possible.

Their relationships, knowledge and reputation in their industries allow them to launch, sustain and enhance the careers and brands of our clients. Their team are transparent, efficient and most importantly, approachable and friendly.

They are not a team of faceless professionals, but a team of open-minded, passionate, dedicated and driven specialists. Their approach is brand orientated, working with others to achieve great results. In everything they do, they always keep in mind that they represent their artists and clients.

We would like to say a big thank you to all the organisations that donated items for our raffle and auction.

Middlesbrough Football Club

Stockton Riverside College

Teesside Golf Club

Eaglescliffe Golf Club

Flawless Photography Studio


Dave Whelan Fitness Club Middlesbrough




Tees Active

Stockton Air Trail

Alex Cunningham MP

Limelight Photobooth Hire

As well as personal donations from friends and staff by paying for seats for young people to attend the dinner as well as items for the raffle.

Once more thank you for all the support 

Sade Sangowawa

Chief Executive

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