Rolling out Red Car­pet

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opin­ion -

A NEW com­mu­nity event aims to pre­vent young peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties be­com­ing iso­lated.

The in­au­gu­ral Red Car­pet Cin­ema event, held in Swan­bourne last week, aims to pro­vide a group of 20 youths with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties a reg­u­lar op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise and form en­dur­ing friend­ships over a movie and pop­corn.

Event or­gan­iser Elise Gray said it was a much-needed con­cept for young peo­ple who tended to be­come so­cially iso­lated as their school net­work fell away.

“My daugh­ter is fin­ish­ing Year 12 this year and I have seen in­stances where this post-school chapter has been very dif­fi­cult for the young per­son and their fam­ily, as the daily in­ter­ac­tion with school friends stops,” Mrs Gray said.

“Red Car­pet Cin­ema pro­vides th­ese young peo­ple with a chance to un­wind, en­joy an evening out and con­nect with friends in a safe and fun en­vi­ron­ment, thereby pro­mot­ing other op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The Town of Clare­mont has spon­sored the event, with the Church of the Res­ur­rec­tion in Swan­bourne, Curtin Uni­ver­sity’s School of Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy and Scotch Col­lege also pro­vid­ing sup­port.

The movies are held on the third Fri­day of ev­ery month at the Church’s Pel­i­can Com­mu­nity Hall.

Mrs Gray said she hoped to get about 40 par­tic­i­pants by the end of the year and the ini­tia­tive picked up around Perth.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email Elise at neat@big­pond.net.au.

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