A GROUP working to provide help for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues is in the running to win a national award.

Community charity, Groundwork, has announced that Endeavour Woodcrafts CIC, in Ferryhill, is competing in the Groundwork Community Awards.

Endeavour Woodcrafts CIC, which is a day service for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues, provides training and education in woodwork and crafts.

It is up for the ‘Best Community Group Contribution to Education or Employment’ award.

Louise Killip, day service manager, said: “Endeavour Woodcrafts CIC, are overjoyed to be named as a Groundwork Community Awards finalist. We all work extremely hard to deliver a positive learning journey for our members, supporting each individual to achieve their potential and make a real difference in their lives. Thank you for recognising our project.”

The group offers the day service to adults in the County Durham area, providing training in woodwork and painting in a real manufacturing environment by designing, creating and selling handmade quality wooden items.

Individuals are involved in all aspects of the manufacturing and selling process, learning new skills and also developing life and social skills.

Graham Duxbury, of Groundwork, said: “As a charity working to support grassroots groups, we know how difficult it can be to secure funds, recruit volunteers and keep projects and services going. That’s why we need to do all we can to celebrate the achievements of those working to make life better for others.”