A Seaham-based community interest company has opened a new creative workspace in the town.
Creative Youth Opportunities CIC is a not-for-profit organisation, set up in 2014, which runs a number of projects aimed at delivering creative projects to inspire local children and young people.
The organisation was set up by Michelle Harland, who now sits on a board of directors and employs people from across the area including young people.
Michelle said: “We have a commitment to supporting local young people into work either through direct employment or apprenticeships.
“As an organisation we run workshops, activities and events across East Durham and around the North East.
“We seek and secure funding, take on commissions and work in partnership with a range of community and arts organisations, as well as local town and parish councils, to enable us to bring arts, crafts and creativity to children, young people and families.”
One of the CIC’s latest projects is the newly-opened creative space on Station Road.
Michelle added: “We’re delighted to announce the opening of The Creative Place.
“We’ll be running affordable workshops, activities, events and courses for tots, children, teens and adults, offering everything from creative exploration and storytime for tots to felting, print and photography for adults.
“We also have our coffee bar selling affordable snacks and Tynemouth coffee.
“We are committed to sourcing things locally, supporting other local businesses and creatives and being socially responsible. Our waste is collected by a waste management firm that aims to ensure nothing is sent nothing to landfill, our tea and coffee is all ethically sourced and we aim to reuse and recycle in our arts and crafts wherever we can.”
You can find The Creative Place at 57 Station Road in Seaham.