The group behind the first hotel in the North East to train young people with autism and learning difficulties has won an award for its work to support disabled people in the region.
St Camillus Care Group, which runs the Rivers Hotel in Gateshead, won the Organisations Supporting Disabled People into Employment category at the Equality North East awards.
ITV Tyne Tees visited when St Camillus Care Group took over the building late last year with the aim of creating a training facility for young people with learning difficulties and autism.
The hotel, formerly known as The Vault, gives the youngsters a chance to gain real, valuable experience of every aspect of the hospitality industry, using the 28-bedroom hotel with its American-style diner and large function room to learn everything from front-of-house management to catering.
To win this award is the icing on the cake, and is testament to the incredible work our team is doing.
Everyone has been working tirelessly for the last 12 months to bring this project to fruition, and we have already helped dozens of youngsters gain insight into the world of work.
– JOHN HERON, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT ST CAMILLUS CARE GROUP