Grant is sweet music for Hartlepool charity

Dawn McManus, second left, Joan Cook, right, and some of the team at Red Dreams.

Dawn McManus, second left, Joan Cook, right, and some of the team at Red Dreams.

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More than 100 young people can hone their creative skills thanks to a grant.

The Creative Crew project, which is run by Hartlepool charity Red Dreams, has received £1,000 from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).

It’s the third UKSE boost for a project which introduces six to 19-year-olds to musical theatre, songwriting, film, scriptwriting, acting and learning to play a musical instrument.

Red Dreams was formed in 2007 by Dawn and Ian McManus, in memory of their talented musician and actor son Kyle.

The Whitby Street-based charity has now received £3,800 from the fund. Red Dreams also works with schools and has attracted visits from national music scouts, who have praised the centre and its youngsters.

Dawn said: “Working creatively really helps build their confidence and self-esteem and develops a whole range of skills, including communication and teamwork.

“It is such a boost and a vote of confidence in Red Dreams to get a third grant from UK Steel Enterprise.

“We have a waiting list of young people and were struggling to find the money for this project.”

Joan Cook, of UK Steel Enterprise – the business-support subsidiary of Tata Steel, said: “So many children and young people are benefiting from Red Dreams and its great team of mentors and volunteers.

“The young people not only have a lot of fun, but are developing their creativity and acquiring skills that will help them into employment and be with them for life.”

The UK Steel Enterprise Community Support Fund was set up to help projects that improve the lives of people living in steel areas.