Getting creative in Birtley

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, On your estate - Sustainable Communities Fund, Posts.

Birtley residents have been enjoying a wide range of weekly activities and classes, thanks to the housing company’s Sustainable Communities Fund.

The £4,700 enabled The Birtley Hub to bring residents together for computer classes, flower arranging, card making, painting and glass painting at our Birtley Villas and Kateregina sheltered schemes.

The creative sessions were run by Equal Arts, a charity which works to improve the lives of older people through creativity and arts activities.

As well as learning something new, the sessions have given residents the opportunity to socialise.

The sessions ran over six months and ended with a celebration event at Birtley Villas with a singer and afternoon tea buffet.

Sheltered Scheme Officer Dot Mack Ions said: “We are so grateful for the grant and to everyone at Birtley Hub for their team work, dedication, and kindness.

“The activities have been a great way to get our residents together and enjoying something new.”

To make a suggestion for our Sustainable Communities Fund or to find out more about how you can help improve your estate, contact your housing office.

You can find out more about Equal Arts on their website.