Members of a community arts group put on a show after they welcomed a special visitor.

Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg visited Jack Drum Arts in Crook to explore the creative activities available to disadvantaged and vulnerable people of all ages.

The arts project promotes self-expression, and community cohesion. The group prides itself on being a place where young people can be themselves.

It hosts sessions funded by Mr Hogg which includes a samba group to deliver drumming workshops to a number of groups and individuals.

The sessions cater to those who suffer from poor mental health, are victims of bullying, are young carers looked after young people or from the LGBT+ community.

Mr Hogg said “When I see what communities can achieve in projects like this one, it gives me a passion to carry on and ensure that in times when funding continues to be cut, we can ensure we drive the funding that we do have in the right direction.”

The mobile samba group workshop was an idea created by Dylan Hoar, He said: “Attending Jack Drum Arts has helped me become more social and connect with others, and I have really gained confidence.”

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