Char­ity mem­bers ex­press their feel­ings though art

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

MEM­BERS of a Mac­cles­field char­ity which sup­ports adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties have put to­gether an ex­hi­bi­tion to share how they feel within our com­mu­nity.

The ex­hi­bi­tion ‘Who Do You See?’ has been drawn by mem­bers of Speak­ing Up Speak­ing Out’s ‘Para­chute’ drop-in or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­vides adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and ad­di­tional needs with a range of fun ac­tiv­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Karen Keen, pro­ject man­ager, said the ex­hi­bi­tion is the ‘drop­perin­ners’ way of ex­press­ing how they feel peo­ple look at them. She said: “We thought it was a good time to have the ex­hi­bi­tion dur­ing Learn­ing Dis­abil­ity Week.

“We asked our drop­perin­ners to do some art­work based on their por­trait pho­to­graph, and around it we’ve writ­ten how they feel.

“We asked our drop­perin­ners if they feel peo­ple look at them dif­fer­ently be­cause they have a learn­ing dis­abil­ity and they have said they want to be seen as a per­son and for peo­ple to have more pa­tience with them.

“Some of their replies give you a lot to think about. We’ve used their com­ments ver­ba­tim and it’s very thought pro­vok­ing.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on dis­play at St Michael’s church un­til Sun­day, June 28.

Karen added: “It’s quite a thought pro­vok­ing ex­hi­bi­tion. We just want to say this is how peo­ple feel. It’s not about up­set­ting peo­ple, it’s just about let­ting them know how our drop­per in­ners feel, and how easy it is to make it bet­ter.”

If you would like to find out more about the char­ity go along to its open day at the Old Park Lane premises on Thurs­day, June 18, be­tween 11am and 3pm.

There will be cof­fee and cake work­shops, a dis­play and a photo and video show.

Karen added: “As well as the usual de­li­cious home made cakes, chat, tea and cof­fee, we want to high­light the con­tri­bu­tion our drop­per-in­ners make to their com­mu­nity with their dis­play of ‘Why I’m Great’, art, lo­cal and na­tional con­sul­ta­tions they have been asked to con­trib­ute to, a se­lec­tion of short films made with our drop­per-in­ners and a Maka­ton sign­ing work­shop and dis­play.

“Ev­ery­one is welcome.” It takes place at 25-27 Old Park Lane, Mac­cles­field.

For more in­for­ma­tion email info@macc­suso.

●● Kath­leen from Speak­ing Up Speak­ing Out with her art­work

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