THE cutting of a celebratory cake marked a decade of charity work in South Tyneside for a group which helps young people and parents in need of extra support.
Two projects run by Places For People, which is based in Dock Street, South Shields, have provided guidance to more than 1,500 young people in the last 10 years.
To mark the charity’s achievement, a day of celebration was held at its base, and among those who attended was the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson.
The Whiteleas Street Young Parents Project and Dock Street Young Persons Project aim to prevent social inclusion, offer support with education and employment opportunities, as well as giving advice on health, drugs and alcohol.
Coun Gibson said: “The amazing work produced by the dedicated team at Places For People in South Tyneside allows people of the borough to be given a chance in life.
“They help with the development of social skills, and also solve problems where necessary.
“It is great to see a caring and compassionate team, who can make such a difference to people’s lives in the short and long term.”
Throughout the event young people and their families took part in garden games, nail art and face painting, with entertainment provided by Magic Myrtle and singer Stevie Tennet Junior.
Angie Allen, scheme manager for young parents’ services at Places For People said: “The two schemes have always worked in partnership with the council, and are keen to try different approaches to supporting individuals.
“Both schemes have also worked closely with customers to try to make sure the services provided are what they need and want.
“Places For People has always ensured staff working at the schemes are motivated and focused on supporting their customers.”
Places for People is a property management, development and regeneration company.
Young people and young parents are signposted to the projects after being involved with social services and other local authority departments.