A PERFORMING arts club in South Tyneside has inspired disabled and able-bodied young people to work together for eight years.
The Vision, which meets at The Cave in The Captains Row, South Shields, has been going since 2004.
The club has been nominated in the Community Group of the Year category in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2012.
The group is led by creative director Sandie Malia, 53. Member Suzanne Dummer nominated the group. She said: “Sandie inspires disabled and able-bodied young people to work together to succeed in their life, and in gaining confidence.
“Sandie also encourages the young people in their acting skills, which helps to enhance their life skills, this helps them on a personal level.”
The group, which gets together twice a week, puts on regular shows at the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, and other venues in the borough.
Sandie, who runs the group with youth worker Billy Wilson, said: “There’s about 20 to 30 people who come along to The Vision, and we have a brilliant time.
“We always write our own scripts, and try to use our plays to deal with issues that our members encounter in their day-to-day lives.
“I’m very proud of the group, and this nomination is for them, not for me.”
She added: “They work very hard. The scripts they write are always well thought out.
“I think it really helps them to deal with things that they’re going through, and it’s very therapeutic for them. They’re very supportive of each other, and I’m really proud.”