Shorter name but SUSO still there to help

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ACHARITY which has been sup­port­ing adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties for 10 years has sim­pli­fied its name to help make it more eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able.

Speak­ing Up Speak­ing Out is a Mac­cles­field or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro- motes friend­ship, well­be­ing, skills and con­fi­dence among mem­bers with dis­abil­i­ties.

It also runs the Para­chute Drop-In Cen­tre on Old Park Lane, which is a place to meet friends and take part in work­shops.

Now the char­ity has short­ened its name to ‘SUSO’ with a new logo, in or­der to make it eas­ier for peo­ple to re­mem­ber and fol­low.

Karen Keen, project man­ager for SUSO, said: “Our or­gan­i­sa­tion is all about peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties hav­ing a voice and a say to help them live the lives they want to – hence the name.

“It is im­por­tant to us that the bar­ri­ers that peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­ity face ev­ery day are re­moved.

“We or­gan­ise reg­u­lar so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, take part in lots of com­mu­nity events, raise aware­ness and work with re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tions on a range of learn­ing dis­abil­ity is­sues.

“We do lots of dif­fer­ent things with lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple, which is great, but things were start­ing to get mud­dled.

“Speak­ing Up Speak­ing Out is quite long and of­ten peo­ple don’t get the name quite right. It is also known by the short­ened ver­sion SUSO, and by its drop-in name Para­chute.

“All three names are used by the or­gan­i­sa­tion, and other peo­ple – but it had be­come con­fus­ing for ev­ery­one.

“It was im­por­tant to keep the ethos of our or­gan­i­sa­tion – our name says what we stand forand this is vi­tal.

“So from now we will use our name in its nice and easy short form – SUSO – and have a great new logo to show it off.

“Drop­per-in­ners will con­tinue to visit SUSO’s drop-in called Para­chute, but we will share in­for­ma­tion, cam­paign, fundraise, take part in events and raise aware­ness as SUSO.”

Ev­ery­thing else will stay the same.

Para­chute Drop In ses­sions are on Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day from 10.30am un­til 3.45pm.

On Wed­nes­days, al­ter­nate Tues­days and Thurs­day morn­ings, AirSpace meets to dis­cuss and share news and ideas.

If you would like to know more about SUSO call 01625 424717, email karen@macc­suso.org.uk or drop in at 25-27 Old Park Lane, Mac­cles­field.

Speak­ing up, Speak­ing Out has of­fi­cially short­ened its name to SUSO

Orig­i­nal SUSO mem­bers He­len Jones and Jane Naden blow out the can­dles as the char­ity cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary

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