A PROJECT working to support adults with learning and physical disabilities has celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Members from the Options group – which runs at the Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) – in Newton Aycliffe came together to celebrate the achievement and reflect on how the project has grown.

The project provides essential skills and knowledge whilst promoting independent living and life skills, fun and learning.

It operates over five days a week providing 68 day places and an evening social club which caters for up to 50 people.

To mark the occasion project members and their families attended an afternoon of celebrations alongside special guest members, MP Phil Wilson and Mayor of Great Aycliffe, Councillor Mary Dalton.

Mr Wilson and Cllr Dalton spoke to the members who told them about their personal journey with the project.

They told the pair how the project had helped them learn new skills, become more independent, increase their confidence and help them make lifelong friends.

Carol Gaskarth, PCP chief executive said: “Seeing each of the members speak from the heart about what Options means to them and hearing their stories was very special.

"The Options project fundamentally provides support and a safe environment to help members decide what they want to do and the staff and volunteer team do an amazing job facilitating this.

"Everyone who has been involved in the project over the past 20 years should be very proud of their contribution, I cannot thank them enough.”

The group recently held a fundraising day which saw them take part in a team challenge, where they worked together to complete enough steps to climb Kilimanjaro in one day.

The money raised went towards activities provided by the service, which includes trips, resources and equipment.

For more information about the Options group email Linda West at linda.west@pcp.uk.net or call the PCP on 01325-321234.