VISITORS to a historic Wearside church can have their first look at a special project.
The young people from Education and Services for People with Autism (ESPA), were awarded a £25,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out an educational project on the history of Holy Trinity Church.
Although their work will not be fully completed and exhibited until next year, they will be holding a display at the church, which is known as Sunderland’s Old Parish Church, on Friday, from 10.30am to 2.30pm, for people to see how they are getting on.
The students have been carrying out a range of activities so far, including video and audio recordings, creating impressive artwork and have even been uncovering what life was like in the workhouses.
Working with other community volunteers, the young people, aged 16 to 22 years old, from ESPA College, which is based in Ashbrooke, are thoroughly enjoying the project.
Doreen Hardy, creative arts tutor at the college, said: “The students are loving it. It is really improving their knowledge of the local area.”
The project – An Interpretation and educational project in Sunderland’s Old Parish Church (1719) – is focusing on the history of Holy Trinity Church and the aim is to develop and create new audio/video interpretations and new educational resources for school children.
It is also giving the young people with autism the chance to develop new skills and create new and exciting ways to encourage visitors to this Grade I listed site.