Parents appeal for a more inclusive community

March 31 2016

Parents appeal for a more inclusive community

A GROUP of parents are getting together to help children and young people with learning difficulties take part fully in local community activities, such as after school activities, and are appealing for others to join them.

Mum, Julie Matthews, and parents Vivianna and Katz are appealing for local people to come forward and help build a truly inclusive community and celebrate the richness that diversity brings.

Julie explained: “We are three local mums of children with special needs. We know this is a great area in which to live with a wonderful sense of community, but as parents of children with special needs we know it can be really difficult for our children to play a full part in our community without the extra support they need.

“We would like to work together with other local parents, community groups and businesses to develop a model of community inclusion where our children and young people can play a full part in their local community and benefit from all the amazing opportunities it holds.”

Many current services are focussed on the more deprived areas of the city, which is good, but means that there is sometimes less infrastructure around for those in the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland areas. Julie, Vivianna and Katz are also interested in developing links with local employers to enable children with learning difficulties to take part in work experience.

If you are a parent or carer of a child with learning difficulties, or interested in supporting this work, please get in touch with daniella.radice@bristol.gov.uk who will gladly pass on your details to the organisers.