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Art and sport projects changing attitudes about disability

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YOUNGSTERS are to get involved in two projects involving sport and the arts as part of a campaign coordinated by ‘We All Matter Eh?’.

Guernsey Mobility Let’s Go session with local school children, We All Matter Eh and Butterfield representatives. (Picture by Chris George)

The initiatives, sponsored by Butterfield, are part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness and change young people’s attitudes to disability through an Accessible Activities programme.

The campaign is being run in partnership with the Guernsey Disability Alliance, Access for All, and the Association of Guernsey Charities, and will run until July.

One of the projects is being run by the School of Popular Music, which gives children with disabilities and additional needs aged three to six new opportunities to take part in weekly music sessions. It is also intended to use drama to highlight equality and develop a greater understanding of disabilities.

There will also be a weekly sporting session with disabled islanders, Guernsey Mobility Let’s GO, which will invite primary school children to meet and volunteer with their members at the sessions in a fun, inclusive and supportive environment.

The SOPM music sessions, a small-scale performance and the sports day for Guernsey Mobility Let’s Go, which will showcase the achievements of the participating schools and teams, are being supported by Butterfield.

We All Matter, Eh? director Karen Blanchford said they were grateful for the company’s backing: ‘We hope that by encouraging children to spend quality time with our members, it will make them feel more confident when interacting with us.

‘In turn, we also hope children will share their experiences and knowledge with their parents and families at home so each generation is learning from one another.

‘These projects are all part of a wider strategy to make Guernsey, as a society, more accepting, accessible and inclusive for all’, she added.

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Butterfield Trust (Guernsey) Ltd deputy managing director Lindsay Ozanne said they were delighted to be able to support the projects.

‘They are part of an excellent initiative to educate young islanders and raise their awareness about disabilities.

‘At Butterfield, we are committed to supporting the communities we call home.

‘We hope the campaign is a success and will bring us closer to changing attitudes around disability among islanders’.

n To find out more about ‘We All Matter Eh?’, go to the website www.matter.gg

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