Seaham youngsters are to be given a creative outlet thanks to a new project being funded by one of the region’s largest housing providers.

County Durham Housing Group has awarded £4,939 to Creative Youth Opportunities to deliver a 10-month project, which will offer participants new skills in areas like video and performance.

More than 30 children in the Deneside area are set to get involved from this month.

The project will be led by local people and offers the chance for attendees to take a more active role in their community by conducting research for new artwork; and learning more about the history of their surroundings.

During the planned 22 workshop sessions, many of the young people will also have the chance to gain a nationally recognised Arts Award qualification. The project will culminate in a public show giving local residents the chance to see the results of their work.

County Durham Housing Group Community Investment Officer, Debbie Howe, said: “This project will give the young people a chance to learn more about the history of their area and take a more active role in its future. It’s a great opportunity for them to gain useful experience and a qualification that will improve their own futures too. I can’t wait to see work started.”

Deneside is one of six communities across the county that have been given priority status by County Durham Housing Group. Each of the areas will receive funding for projects that will improve opportunities for residents and extra support for those looking to start or improve their careers. Horden Crossroads, Gilesgate, West Auckland, Willington and Woodhouse Close in Bishop Auckland are the other priority areas during 2017/8.

Creative Youth Opportunities CIC Managing Director, Michelle Harland, said: “We’re really looking forward to making a start on the fantastic new project.”