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Mental health: using song to break stigma

TweetYanamah was “drowning in the depths of despair…yearning for a glimpse of kindness and a friendly gesture”. Before her mental health deteriorated, as she wrote in a recent poem, she was “a woman of distinction” but now she is “forgotten … Continue reading

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Art show celebrates diversity

TweetThe graceful depiction of birds, above, is among the art works on display in a new exhibition celebrating diversity. I’m sharing some of the pieces here because I was taken by the broad range of subjects and contrasting styles of … Continue reading

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Exhibition reveals hidden history of learning disability

Tweet All images copyright Jürgen Schadeberg Powerful and rarely seen archive images of life in institutional care form part of a new exhibition that opens today. The history of long-stay hospitals in Wales is the focus of Mencap Cymru’s Hidden … 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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Exhibition: how young people with a learning disability picture themselves

TweetYoung photographer Kitty Day, whose sister has a learning disability, wanted to to offer an alternative way for her sibling to express herself – visually. The result is an exhibition of photographs, entitled This is me, my Voice, my Choice, … Continue reading

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City designers bringing urban spaces back to life

TweetSwansea and Croydon – not places usually synonymous with cutting edge design and urban rejuvenation, but both have just been named as among the most forward-thinking places for landscape design. Among the big projects worth picturing here is the first … Continue reading

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No one should suffer like this

TweetIt is now three years since the abuse inflicted on people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View highlighted the desperate need to get people out of such institutional settings. In those three years, we know of two people who have … Continue reading

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Immigration: what is it like for a child?

TweetHow does a young child cope when he is suddenly uprooted from the people and places he loves and confronted with a new home in a distant, completely alien land? What was it like for a child to be among … Continue reading

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Specialist dementia care for black and ethnic minority families

Tweet“They should not suffer in silence”, says Amina Begum, a full time carer for her mother, of why we need more culturally specific dementia services for black and South Asian communities. Speaking to me for a Guardian piece published today … Continue reading

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Enlightenment at the end of the tunnel of love

Tweet“Flirty, playful love” is not, so the general perception goes, the realm of people who happen to have a learning disability. But that concept is being turned joyfully on its head via a heart-shaped door, a “tunnel of love”, mirrors, … Continue reading

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