South Shields charity helps clients get creative

Lindsey Grieves (R) with project leader Carol Gorman host craft sessions at Hospitality and Hope. Client Amanda Conway
Lindsey Grieves (R) with project leader Carol Gorman host craft sessions at Hospitality and Hope. Client Amanda Conway

A South Shields-based charity has been helping visitors to get crafty in a bid to boost their confidence and life skills.

Hospitality and Hope put on a range of weekly activities for those who access its services from cooking to singing and arts.

The creativity they possessed was fantastic.

Lindsey Grieves

The sessions were funded with cash from the European LA7 Social Fund and saw people aged in their early 30s to a man aged 96 take part.

Carol Gorman, project lead at the charity based in Hampden Street,South Shields, said: “We received a grant to put on a range of activities and some training for volunteers.

“We’ve had a range of activities and classes from, cooking and singing to Lindsey Grieves coming in to do clay modelling and mixed media.

“As part of our wellbeing day we used art as a therapy and did some meditation.

“The benefits the clients have got from the programme was quite incredible.

“Their general health and wellbeing was much more positive and they learned lots of new skills. It’s been really good. “

Tutor, Mrs grieves, who runs Light Source Art, said: “There were one or two who lacked confidence but over the course of the sessions they really come on - it was lovely to see. It was quite humbling.

“The creativity they possessed was fantastic.

“The people I worked with were so grateful for the support they’ve received from Hospitality and Hope they wanted to give something back to the charity through the work they had created.”

For details on Hospitality and Hope visit www.hospitalityandhope.co.uk