photograph Community Spirit Award for Charlotte Williams

Fourth year Dental student Charlotte Williams was awarded the coveted Community Spirit Award at the annual ncl+ Student Achievement Awards, Great North Museum, May 1st 2012.

Charlotte was nominated for her work as one of the co-founders of ‘Brush Up’, a community engagement project whose objectives are to educate school children about the importance of good oral hygiene, to offer tooth aware diet advice and provide advice on careers in Oral Healthcare.

The Brush Up team currently includes 50 volunteers from Newcastle Dental School, with a full and active programme of community activities in schools and after-school clubs. To-date, they have hosted over 40 events, bringing the message to more than 500 children from the Tyneside area. Sessions are fun and high-energy, bringing dental and diet messages in a refreshing format with games, toys, dressing-up and a variety of other engaging methods. This is not a lecture room experience it’s hands-on fun and practical learning.   

Speaking after the award, a delighted Charlotte noted ‘I would like to thank my fellow committee member, Claire Stubbs, for nominating me, for her great friendship and support, the big team of Brush Up volunteers, my academic sponsors Dr Whitworth & Dr Rolland for their guidance and finally, ncl+, Santander, GlaxoSmithKline and the many local dental practices that have supported us financially and allowed this work to blossom. This is a really worthwhile project for the children and their parents. We believe it can be sustained for many years and the blueprint could be duplicated throughout the country’.  

Well done Charlotte and all of the Brush Up group for your exceptional community service.

published on: 8th May 2012