Headway Arts benefits from Northern Rock Foundation's awards

A BLYTH-based group is celebrating being awarded more than £58,000 to continue its work.

Headway Arts charity in Blyth

A BLYTH-based group is celebrating being awarded more than £58,000 to continue its work.

Headway Arts in Blyth is one of 21 charities in the North East to benefit from the Northern Rock Foundation’s latest round of awards.

The group, which specialises in using drama and the creative arts to work with young people with disabilities and adults with learning disabilities, was awarded £58,858. This money is vital in helping the group continue their great work in the community.

Seven Stars Learning Disabled Theatre was established in 1997. It currently has 10 members who meet four days each week to perform and to write scripts.

It works with 300 people with learning disabilities each year through performances and workshops.

Frances Castle, who runs Headway Arts, said: “By supporting the Seven Stars Theatre Group the Northern Rock Foundation has been instrumental in changing people’s lives for the better, giving us the opportunity to provide social, physical and creative opportunities through drama, opportunities from which learning disabled people are often excluded.

“Without this grant Headway Arts would not be able to support this group who provide inspiration to others, both disabled and non-disabled.”

Headway Arts is one of 21 awards, totalling over £1.3m made by the Northern Rock Foundation in its latest round of grant making, part of an £8m programme for 2011.

The Foundation aims to tackle disadvantage in the area and improve quality of life in North East England and Cumbria. Its work is delivered by a professional staff team of 15 based in Newcastle. It is the largest independent grant maker in the region and is amongst the top 50 trust and foundation grant-makers nationally.

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