About Us

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Ocean Choices is a not for profit Community Interest Company which provides creative and life skills and opportunities to people with learning disabilities in South Tyneside.

We provide a range of creative activities that encourage people to eventually develop greater independence.
We aim to highlight the skills, talents and abilities of our service users and to challenge the wider community perception of people with learning disabilities and importantly to set outcomes for each individual.

With the help of a personal development plan we  provide learning disability support services for individuals by providing a safe, supportive and therapeutic  environment. We are dedicated to provide opportunities for our service users to learn and self-develop. Our service looks after clients with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and complex emotional and behavioural needs including autism.

We also place great importance on providing individually-planned education, employment and leisure opportunities, to support each individual in their ongoing development.
We pride ourselves on supporting our staff through effective management, training opportunities and career progression. We are committed to providing our employees with the best training available, ensuring that our service users are always looked after by highly-experienced social care workers.

 

 

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Founded in 2010 as a voluntary community organisation Ocean Arts is now a Community Interest Company which provides creative opportunities to people with learning disabilities in South Tyneside.

We provide a range of creative sessions encouraging members to participate in special projects working towards exhibitions or performances. We aim to highlight the skills, talents and abilities of our members to challenge the wider community perception of people with learning disabilities. The guiding principal of company is to create opportunities for learning and development through a variety of activities including art and drama and reflecting on these artistic processes. Ocean Arts believe that these mediums can help increase awareness of self and of others, allowing this process to help people cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art. Each project we develop will be designed to enable participants explore a wide area of disciplines and activities within the set theme. Personal development and awareness, we believe, leads to greater integration and offers a sense of belonging to the wider community that a person currently may feel excluded from.