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A Sunderland boy’s joyous reaction to a new accessible swing has gone viral online. The uplifting video of nine-year-old Will Calvert from Sunderland riding the swing for the first time has received over 2.7million views on Instagram and 250,000 on Twitter. Will, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has to use a wheelchair, has […]

After a long and unpredictable season, the outcome comes down to one game, and it will be ecstasy or agony for Black Cats fans.  It has been a rollercoaster ride for Sunderland fans this season that has seen the club flying high at the top of the table with manager Lee Johnson to a debilitating […]

Disabled people in the North-East are less likely to attain a degree compared to their able-bodied counterparts according to the latest figures. Many disabled students in the North-East struggle to attain a degree compared to their able-bodied counterparts, and some struggle to access higher education at all. Between 2020-2021 only 17.9% of disabled people attained […]

Based in Gresham, Middlesbrough, Susan Gill and her team of volunteers run the Homeless Cafe and Hub, a community space providing hot cooked meals, warm beverages, fresh clothing and access to cleaning facilities for local rough sleepers. The safe space, credited by many for saving them, despite recovering from the aftermath of the pandemic, with […]

Based in Sunniside, Gateshead, Whinnie’s Community Garden is a beautiful and free outdoor space for those in the area to visit. An accessible space with a big focus on children, families, and those with disabilities. Jim Rising, a long-time volunteer at the garden, talks about its success and recent developments. He also provides some tips […]

The first Tyne and Wear Metro train is nearing completion ahead of its arrival later this year. Nexus, which operates Metro, has released a new image showing the nearly-finished train on the production line at the Stadler factory in Switzerland. Stadler, who will manufacture and maintain the new trains, are in the process of fitting […]

Just 2% of Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in the UK are calling the North East their home. The North East and Wales have the joint fewest Ukrainian refugees of any region of the UK, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Almost half have settled in London (31%) and […]

The multi-purpose building has now been open for over four years and is situated next to the Stadium of Light; it hosts events such as five-a-side football and basketball. Although the building has been open for four years now and many people in and around the area are unaware of what the building has to offer […]


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