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A PROJECT which helps turn around people’s lives through learning will be recognised as part of a week-long celebration.

The Cree Project improves people’s wellbeing and mental health by encouraging them to socialise and take up learning.

It has been running in East Durham since 2011 and now runs 16 men’s sessions and four women’s classes, passing on skills including stonemasonry, cooking, photography and fitness.

As part of Adult Learners’ Week, which will run from tomorrow, it will be recognised with a Community Learning Project Award.

Malcolm Fallow is chief executive officer of East Durham Trust, which supports the Cree.

He said: “Learning a new skill, often a practical one which can be used at home, can help the men to cope better with redundancy, alienation and divorce.”

Each Cree has volunteer community champions who train in mental health first aid, applied suicide intervention skills and understanding health improvement.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “The achievements of this year’s Adult Learners’ Week winners are inspirational.

“Each winner demonstrates the life changing benefits education offers.”