Disney videos turned into tables by creative volunteers

NEW LOOK ... Re-design manager Alison Duff and Mary Hodgson.
NEW LOOK ... Re-design manager Alison Duff and Mary Hodgson.

THE death of videos is breathing new life into a creative venture in South Shields town centre.

Re-Design 4U in Fowler Street is a social enterprise which supports people with learning disabilities.

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.

The latest offering is a dramatic table design created using discarded video cassettes.

The £45 table has a particular Disney theme, with the videos which form its base including such classics as 100 Dalmatians, Bambi, The Lion King, Peter Pan and The Aristocats.

And volunteers, working alongside an artist, are also available to make other themed chairs and tables to order from unwanted goods and wacky items.

Mary Hodgson, Re-Design’s chair woman, said: “Nobody plays video cassettes now and this is just a creative use for unwanted items that nobody would buy and is also good for the environment because it stops them going to landfill.”

Re-Design 4U was established by Alison Duffy five years ago.

The ‘Disney’ table, valued at £45, is now being raffled off at the shop with strips of tickets costing just £1.