We have a clear focus on improving outcomes in South Tyneside and often receive national recognition for our achievements.
When our services are recognised for the outstanding work they carry out, there are several positive effects such as raising staff morale, inspiring community confidence in our services and allowing others to learn from our examples of good practice.
We are very proud of what we've achieved.
See below for recent awards and inspections.
Multiple Design Accolades for The Word
The Word, National Centre For The Written Word, has exceeded all expectations, winning multiple industry awards.
Sandhaven Beach has again secured Blue Flag status as well as the Seaside Award from leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy. The award acts as a guarantee that South Tyneside has one of the best beaches in the world.
Independent public sector IT association SOCITM (the Society of Information Technology Management) gave the website the highest possible four star rating, placing it in the top ten per cent of local authority websites in the country.
More Accolades as Hebburn Central Celebrates 1st Year
Hebburn Central has been named as one of the UK's Best Buildings, receiving recognition for both its architectural design and its role in the community, winning both the Royal Institute of British Architects North East Award 2016 and National Award 2016.
Affordable Social Housing Award Nomination for Jarrow Housing Development
South Tyneside Homes and South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust have been selected as finalists for the Local Authority Building Control Award's 'Best Social or Affordable New Housing' for the 26-property Stanley Street development.
The £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project in South Shields was named Best Urban Regeneration Project at the national Brownfield Briefing Awards which recognise technical and conceptual excellence.
The development has made it to the finals in the Construction News Awards 2015, for Project of the Year and the Placemaking Awards in two categories - Award for Design Excellence and Regional - Northern England.
Sandhaven Beach on South Shields seafront will once again be flying the flag for the summer season after retaining a coveted national award.
The stunning tourist attraction has retained the Blue Flag status, as well as the Seaside Award from leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy, acting as a guarantee that South Tyneside has one of the best beaches in the world.
South Tyneside Council is celebrating after scooping a tourism award for its exciting free Summer Festival of live music, entertainment and activities. The annual three-month event secured a silver award in the Best Tourism Event category of the North East England Tourism Awards.
One of South Tyneside's new seafront attractions has scooped two prestigious awards.
The £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project was crowned the best Infrastructure project at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards 2014.
The category recognises outstanding achievement by a project or programme of infrastructure works including projects that deliver essential facilities, services or organisational structure.
Only days after taking the award, the project did it again.
The development was crowned the best scheme over £4m in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East's Robert Stephenson Awards.
Judges acknowledged the pre-planning of the construction as well as extensive community engagement that had been undertaken including the establishment of an on-site visitors centre and site visits for local school children and college students.
Award-winning Harton Quays Park
Harton Quays Park on South Shields riverside has been recognised for its magnificent landscaping. The stunning waterfront attraction was the only scheme in the region to win a British Association of Landscape Industries award.
Every Contact a Health Improvement Contact (ECHIC) programme has scooped the public health category of the 2014 Local Government Chronicle Awards which showcases the biggest celebration of innovation and talent across British councils.
South Tyneside Homes among top 100 for equality and diversity
South Tyneside Homes is leading the way for its continued commitment to equality and diversity after being ranked among the country's best gay-friendly workplaces.
The housing company has ranked 72nd place in the Stonewall Work Place Equality Index 2014. This is a leap from 114th in 2013 and takes the organisation into the Top 100 organisations for the first time.
The Stonewall Top 100 is a definitive list of the UK's most gay-friendly workplaces and is the tenth to be published by the charity.
The index takes into account a range of key indicators including a confidential questionnaire of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff, with over 9,700 participants. This consistently revealed that employees from organisations ranked in Stonewall's Top 100 exhibited higher levels of staff satisfaction and loyalty.
Despite the challenging economic climate, South Tyneside Council has been named 'Overall Council of the Year' by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).
The Council, which together with South Tyneside Homes and Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service was shortlisted in five award categories and singled out by the judges for consistently high achievement across a wide range of service areas.
Paul O'Brien, Chief Executive of APSE, said: "South Tyneside has excelled in service delivery across the board which is why they have deservingly taken the very prestigious UK wide award of Overall Council of the Year in Service Delivery." In addition, the Council reached the judges' shortlist for Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative, Best Service Team (Transport and Fleet) and Best Public/Public Partnership Initiative. South Tyneside Homes, the Council's housing management company, won the Best Housing and Regeneration Initiative and was shortlisted for Best Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative.
Marsden Bay is a hidden gem
A piece of the South Tyneside coastline has been named as one of the nation's 'best-kept secrets'.
Marsden Bay in South Shields made the top 10 hidden gems of England's coastline, chosen by Visit England.
It made the prestigious list just months after the town was named as one of the '30 Best Places by the Sea' in the country.
The Times singled out Marsden, home to Marsden Rock and renowned for its seabird colonies, for having "fantastic scenery and a colourful history of smugglers, shipwrecks and ghost stories".
Green Flag Status
South Marine Park is one of the best in the UK - and that's official.
With parks providing the perfect location for families during the school holidays, South Marine Park at South Shields seafront has been recognised among a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces with a prestigious Green Flag Award.
Green Flag awards recognise and reward the best parks in the country and show visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Sandhaven Beach has been announced as a winner of the coveted 2013 Blue Flag and Seaside Award (formerly Quality Coast Award), as Keep Britain Tidy proudly confirms the North East has some of the cleanest and best beaches in the world.
Sandhaven Beach is one of only four beaches in the North East to gain the Blue Flag status, and one of eight to pick up the new Seaside Award.
The prize rewards the beach's fantastic facilities, cleanliness and, in the case of the Blue Flag awards, meeting the highest international standard of water quality.
South Tyneside wins seaside accolade
South Tyneside is a great place to live - it's official! Already recognised by Visit England as one of the country's best seaside resorts, South Shields has now been put in the national spotlight byThe Times newspaper as one of the country's '30 best places by the sea'.
The supplement, one of a series of features on the best places to live in Britain, singled out South Shields for its fantastic beaches, excellent school facilities and value for money. The town was one of just two North East seaside spots to be included, with Northumberland beauty spot Bamburgh also making an appearance, alongside resorts like Brighton, Southwold and Whitby.
Local Government Chronicle Awards 2013
'Bored in Boldon' was named top 'Community Involvement' project in 2013. Our Adoption team was also commended in the category of 'Frontline Team of the Year'.
'Bored in Boldon' was named top 'Community Involvement' project in 2013.
This partnership project engages up to 150 young people per week in positive activities.
Since it started, incidents of anti-social behaviour amongst young people in Boldon have reduced dramatically, meaning better opportunities for young people and a safer environment for local communities.
Highly commended Frontline Team of the Year
Our Adoption team was also commended in the category of 'Frontline Team of the Year'.
They are a consistently high performing team, recognised nationally as top performers by Ofsted, peer review and, on a personal level, by each of the families they support.
South Tyneside Homes wins training and development award
South Tyneside Homes wins the Training and Development category at the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For Awards.
South Tyneside Homes, which manages 18,000 homes on behalf of the Council, was recognised by the Sunday Times in their Top 100 Best Not for Profit Companies to Work for in March 2013.
They were praised for continuing to recognise the importance of training in spite of the difficult economic climate.
In-house trainers provided almost two-thirds of the company's training courses in the past year, freeing up additional funds to invest in apprenticeships - one of our key Shaping our Future priorities.
South Tyneside Council was runner up in the category "Best Public Sector Fleet" as part of the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards.
South Tyneside was the only Council shortlisted in this category and coming runner up to Northamptonshire Police is a great achievement while gaining recognition for all the hard work our Fleet Services do.