Art project wins £10k in funding

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An arts project that supports people with mental health problems in south east Northumberland is set to receive a grant of £10,000.

Headway Arts, based in Blyth, is one of five north east social enterprises to win a cash award from Santander as part of its Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA).

The awards are given to social enterprises and trading charities looking to grow their business and improve their local community.

Alongside the prize money, Headway Arts will receive a business support package from Santander which includes business webinars, full funded internships, consultancy days and the opportunity to network with other social entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Creative director of Headway Arts, Alison Walton-Robson, said: “This will provide fantastic community facilities for the people of Blyth and beyond and will include support for disabled artists, the nurturing of new talent through the provision of studio space, professional practice and placement opportunities; training for social care students seeking new approaches through the arts; and development of a regional festival of performance by and for learning disabled people.

“Exciting times both for Headway Arts and south east Northumberland.”