THE achievements of people who have taken part in a back-to-work scheme are being celebrated in a photography exhibition which will tour the Tees Valley.

The exhibition, I Am Step Forward, features more than 30 images which highlight the benefits the programme, which aims to remove barriers which prevent people getting jobs, has brought for its participants.

The images were specially-commissioned to showcase what people taking part in Step Forward Tees Valley feel they had gained from being part of the scheme.

Step Forward Tees Valley gives one-to-one support to people to help them overcome issues that are stopping them finding work or training. Issues can include ill health; low self confidence; depression; lack of skills; substance misuse and many more.

Since it began three years ago, Step Forward Tees Valley has helped hundreds of people overcome barriers, boost their self esteem, improve their skills and move forward with their lives.

Many have started work, training or volunteering for the first time.

I Am Step Forward launched in Middlesbrough at the Livewell Centre earlier this month.

The photographs will be on display at the centre until Tuesday June 4th before touring to Darlington covered market, and the libraries in Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar.