Milestone for help centre

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A SUNDERLAND centre which has helped people with disabilities is celebrating a historic milestone.

The North East Disabilities Resource Centre, in the East End of the city, began its work on Wearside in March 1964 and has gone on to be a lifeline to thousands of people.

Those who use the Cork Street building met with the deputy mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Stuart Porthouse, at a party to mark five decades of the organisation’s existence.

The centre helps people with disabilities by providing day-care services as well as helping with aspects of day-to-day life. Coun Porthouse said: “The resource centre provides a very important service to people with a physical and or learning disability.

“It was very interesting and informative to meet several of the clients and guest who are able to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life as active citizens within our community.

“The resource centre needs all the help we can give to help raise its profile within the community and as deputy mayor, I am always willing to cooperate and support their actions.”