A CREATIVE social enterprise which supports people with learning disabilities in South Tyneside has been praised by the mayor.
Coun Ernest Gibson called into Re-Design 4 U in Fowler Street, South Shields, to find out more about the venture.
The not-for-profit organisation offers opportunities for volunteers, work placement trainees and those with learning difficulties to unleash their creativity by breathing new life into items that may have otherwise been thrown away.
The items are then sold in the shop.
Coun Gibson said: “It’s a fantastic initiative. There are so many benefits to the enterprise.
“The individuals involved not only get to be creative among friends, but get to help build their self-confidence and gain new skills that contribute towards being more independent and are valuable in everyday life and the world of work.
“Donated items are also sold or recycled into something new instead of going to landfill, which is great for the environment.”
Alison Duffy, who launched Re- Design 4 U three years ago, to attempt to break down the barrier that can exist to employing adults with learning disabilities, is now hoping to expand the organisation, thanks to a £10,000 grant from Greggs Foundation to support running costs.
She said: “The Mayor’s visit gave us an opportunity to show what we do and what Re-Design 4 U is all about. He also took the time to meet our service users, our volunteers and hear our plans for the future.”
n For information, visit www.redseign4u.co.uk or call 456 3961.