SOUTH Tyneside Mayor Ernest Gibson showed off his creative side during a visit to a local arts charity.
The borough’s first citizen called in at Arts 4 Wellbeing to see first hand the artistic talents of its members.
The charity, which is based in Derby Terrace, South Shields, provides a place where people with learning and physical disabilities or those suffering from a mental health illness can explore their creative talents through painting, drawing, dance and drama.
Coun Gibson said: “I’ve heard a lot of good things about Arts 4 Wellbeing, but until you actually come to the centre you don’t realise just how fantastic a place this is.
“It has such a positive atmosphere and everyone you speak to is so enthusiastic about the projects they have taken part in, and are eager to tell you what they are doing now.
“It’s great to see not only members with so much passion but also the staff and volunteers, who have so much care and compassion towards the service users.”
During the mayor’s visit, he was able to see the artwork created by those who attend the centre as well as speak to members on how, by attending sessions, it has helped boost their confidence and social skills.
Project manager Dave Wood said: “It was a great chance for the mayor to come in and find out more about what we offer our service users and to meet our artists who deliver some fantastic sessions.
“All our members had a great time with the mayor, and he was really interested in what they were doing. It was also really nice to see the pride in their faces when they were telling the mayor what they were working on.”