Media Savvy CIC learners have been designing and producing Christmas gift baubles with the aim to raise money to fund their supported charities; Headlight and Women’s Cancer Detection Society.

The project has been initiated by local social enterprise Media Savvy CIC and Sunderland Care and Support with an aim to help those individuals expand their digital media knowledge as well as improve their social interaction skills.

The flat plywood bauble tree decorations will be produced with the help of University of Sunderland’s Fab Lab and will be available to buy from 21 November onwards, with a recommended donation £3 per bauble. The baubles will go on sale within the reception areas of Sunderland Care and Support centres, local offices and business including Media Savvy’s office at St Peter’s Gate, Sunderland. The baubles are also available in batches of 21 and come in a kit, with matching hand crafted gift bags and a point of sale display unit, allowing the baubles to be showcased in communal or reception areas for people looking to by a truly unique gift for someone this Christmas. Anyone interested in selling the baubles can contact Media Savvy tutor, Leon Garshong on 07950382984, or to arrange a batch to made with all proceeds going back to Sunderland Care and Support.

Leon Garshong, senior tutor at Media Savvy CIC said: ‘’This has been a fantastic project to be a part of and is something all learners should be very proud of. They have designed and manufactured these Christmas Gifts themselves with the support of the fantastic staff at Sunderland Care and Support and University of Sunderland’s Fab Lab. The Christmas baubles will make a fantastic gift for anyone looking for a special present for their loved ones.’’

The pieces will be also available to buy from this year’s Sunderland Care and Support Christmas fair which will be held on December 16 at Leechmere Training Centre in Sunderland from 11 until 1.

Gillian Jackson, senior support worker at Sunderland Care and Support said: ‘’It has been amazing to see the Media Group involved in a project like this. They have shown such an interest in every stage of the design process and seeing them engaged outside of the centre at the University on a project they have created from scratch has been extremely rewarding to see.’’

Media Savvy CIC is a local not-for- profit organisation which delivers digital arts and media based courses for disadvantaged people, including; offenders, mental health service users, those with learning / physical disabilities and the long-term unemployed. Many of their courses also include nationally recognised qualifications in either IT User Skills or Vocational Studies.

Sunderland Care and Support offers a range of day opportunities to support people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health needs and their carers. The focus of these day opportunities is on providing reablement, employment and volunteering opportunities, social activities, Wellness centres and specialist suites for people who are learning disabled.