AN arts charity providing a confidence-boosting lifeline to people with disabilities has been given a helping hand to revamp part of its building.
Arts 4 Wellbeing, based at Derby Terrace, South Shields, now has a new floor and ceiling after being awarded £15,000 from the Asda Foundation fund.
The money will also be used to pay for new windows in a part of the building.
The work was made possible after the charity was put forward by Asda South Shields’ community champion Mavis Maughan.
It now means Arts 4 Wellbeing will be able to push ahead with its late-night opening one day a week, after its members highlighted how at times they feel isolated on an evening.
The new session will include themed nights, dance classes, sports and art activities.
Project manager Raylee Harrison, said: “We do a lot of work with Mavis and with Asda, and we had been saying how we wanted to open the project up on an evening, but we really needed to look at getting work done to the building before that could happen.
“The evening session really is to help address the isolation some people still feel on a night time, by giving them a place they can go and take part in activities.
“Without the money from Asda we would not have been able to get the work done so quickly, and would not have been able to open on an evening.
“We are just ecstatic with the support we have received from Asda and the members are over the moon with the work which has been done.”
The Asda Foundation is a charitable corporate Foundation making independent grants throughout the UK, with the aim of “transforming, communities” and improving lives for people.
Mavis, who is based in the Coronation Street store, said: “Arts 4 Wellbeing is a fantastic project which helps some of the most vulnerable residents of our community.
“When I heard about the work which was needed to be carried out to enable them to move the project forward, I contacted the Asda Foundation which was only too happy to support them with a donation.
“As a local store we do quite a lot of work with Arts 4 Wellbeing, so it’s great to be able to help them in this way.
“It is such a worthwhile charity and you can see just how much its members benefit from coming to the project and taking part in activities.”
Arts 4 Wellbeing provides a place where people with learning and physical disabilities, or those suffering from a mental health illness, can explore their crative talents through painting, drawing, dance and drama.