Holly Kelleher has joined The Vault - the UK's first hotel for young people with autism and learning difficulties - as centre manager.
The former Rivers Edge Hotel at Gateshead is to be transformed into The Vault by the St Camillus Care Group, which will not only provide respite care but will also double as a facility for young people with a range of learning difficulties to train for the hospitality industry.
Kelleher has worked in the sector in a variety of roles including acting employment support manager for Gateshead Council where she ran their scheme to get people with learning difficulties into work.
She said: “It’s very exciting to be involved in this project and for me it is about people with a disability getting the same opportunities as everyone else.
“People coming to The Vault will get a unique, bespoke opportunity to train which hopefully should prepare them for work in the hospitality industry.”