Rolling out Red Carpet
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 email@example.com.