Site has plenty to share for centre

Online help: The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Robert Heron and wife Juliana, officially launch a new website with centre manager Diane Reay.
Online help: The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Robert Heron and wife Juliana, officially launch a new website with centre manager Diane Reay.
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A NEW website will help adults with learning disabilities share their experiences with others.

Online resource plentytoshare.com has been created by those attending Washington Multi-Purpose Centre in Oxclose, with help from staff.

The interactive service allows people with learning disabilities to share their experiences as well as access information on services, events and activities.

Designed by people using the centre in Ayton Road, the group got together to discuss how they could develop the idea.

Centre user Judith Straughan said: “I really feel part of the group, I love seeing the films of what people do.”

Manager Diane Reay said: “We wanted to put our own website together, because we thought we needed something on the internet people with learning disabilities could use to share news and opinions.

“We all learned a lot when we were putting the website together and developed some valuable new skills and experience, and are all looking forward to the next stage.”

The website was put together with help from Sunderland City Council’s community IT team, and was officially launched by the Mayor, Councillor Bob Heron.

He said: “The aim of this project was to ask people what kind of thing they wanted to see on the website, then help them to develop that into an easily accessible and interactive web-based information service. Working together, I think we have successfully achieved those aims, and I hope people will not only visit the site but also contribute to it.

“We want to equip people with the skills they need to access computer technology and then the guidance go how best to use it to help meet their individual needs.”