More than £300,000 of support has aided 11 projects in the North East which has seen organisations improve accessibility at various sites.
Northumbrian Water donated the money and has gone towards developing a dementia-friendly Water Garden (£18,850) and a community sensory garden (£11,190) among other improvements.
Also in Tyne and Wear, Ryhope Pumping Station has received £26,958 towards opening up greater access and technology for visitors with disabilities.
A £25,000 grant for the Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool will allow a new access ramp to be built from the main entrance to the decking area, where amenities such as restaurants and cafes will be housed.
Louise Hunter, Director of Corporate Affairs at Northumbrian Water, said: “We understand the value that strong communities bring to the places and customers we serve here in the North East.
“Each of these 11 projects has demonstrated great potential to add real value to those communities, and we have worked with our partners to identify organisations with ambitions to deliver exciting ideas that also support and reflect the environment and local heritage.”
Meanwhile, Durham County Councillor, Lucy Hovvels, commented: “The new sensory garden will be a great place for people to visit, to mix with others in the community and to help combat social isolation.”