Category Archives: Community

How ballet can break down barriers

TweetA Bristol-based dance project is spreading its inclusive arts campaign, training teachers to run ballet sessions for disabled children and their non-disabled counterparts. My piece on the Flamingo Chicks dance school, which launched two years ago as a community interest … Continue reading

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Homes, hospitals, ambition and actuality

TweetFour years after the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View (and 30 years after the start of care in the community and 20 years after the influential Mansell Report), NHS England recently unveiled a £45m plan to … Continue reading

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Tailor made theatre for an overlooked audience

Tweet“Today is different” is a recurrent phrase in the latest show from theatre group Frozen Light. But the refrain is more than just part of the script; the words also reflect the innovative company’s hope for young people with profound … Continue reading

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People with learning disabilities are not scroungers or superheroes

TweetThe MBE recently won by Shaun Webster is, he says “two fingers” to the bullying colleagues who tormented him when he worked in a warehouse some years ago. You can’t disagree with the 43-year-old’s use of frank language – his … Continue reading

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Innovative project redistributes surplus food to needy

TweetChristmas – for some a time of year to overindulge, for others a desperate effort to feed the family. With a huge rise in the number of people in the UK relying on food banks, a new London project that … Continue reading

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Campaigning new disability rights network for London

TweetA new organisation bringing together disabled people’s organisations in west London has just been launched. The launch of Hammersmith and Fulham Disabled People’s Organisations Network was made on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities last week and coincided with … Continue reading

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Eyesore to eyecatching: art transforms boarded up London shops

TweetI usually run a mile from any sniff of a town or city rebranding (anyone remember “Staines-upon-Thames” or indeed “Proud to be Slough“?). But I’m interested in the bold focus on street art and local artists in the drive to … Continue reading

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