Group create new post after funding

A group which uses performing arts to improve the confidence and social skills of people in Northumberland is looking to recruit, thanks to a cash boost of almost £13,000.

Blyth-based Headway Arts has received a £12,800 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn North East Fund, which means it can recruit a new arts engagement officer to help take its work even further into the community.

The Fund, which launched this year and is administered by the Newcastle-based Community Foundation, will hand out around £500,000 in grants to groups in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley over the next three years.

Frances Castle, chief executive of Headway Arts, which has worked with around 2,000 Northumberland residents in the past year, said: “The grant we received will make a world of difference to us.

“What makes the Esmée Fairbairn grant so special is that it encourages experiment and vision.

“We are very much a community arts organisation that work with adults and young people in arts projects to build confidence, self-belief and motivation.

“What the new post will do is try and engage new people with the project by going out into the community and seeing what they want and building relationships with them.”

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The closing date is Monday, September 30.