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The Port of Tyne is giving a social enterprise company a helping hand by donating £2,500 from the Port of Tyne Fund through the Community Foundation.


Based in Fowler Street, South Shields, Re-design 4 U Ltd offers person centred learning opportunities for people with learning difficulties to promote a sense of achievement and improve self esteem.

Re-design 4 U is a charity shop with a difference. Many of the items that are donated are up-cycled by a team of volunteers, creating products of better quality or a higher value. The proceeds from the sale of all items go back into the enterprise and continue to make a positive impact by reducing waste and recycling unwanted clothing, ornaments, furniture and much more.

Rebecca James, Trustee at Re-design 4 U Ltd. said: "The Port's donation is a massive help to us as this money will help us to encourage adults with special needs to engage in a range of different activities from woodwork to arts and crafts."

Representing the Port of Tyne Community Foundation Fund Committee, Alasdair Kerr, Commercial Manager, said: "This is a really worthwhile project that helps a lot of people learn new skills and gain confidence in a working environment they wouldn't otherwise have.

"It's an innovative idea to use recycling to create new products for the shop - and it helps the environment as well, so it meets the Port of Tyne's aims to enhance people's chances to learn skills, find employment and to improve the environment."

Everyone can help support the charity by donating items or visiting the shop and buying something.

For more information please visit And for more information on the Community Foundation please visit


For further information please contact:

Sarah Piggett, Marketing & Communications Intern
Tel: 0191 455 2671     Email:

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