A project has been launched to support people with learning disabilities as massive cuts in local services loom after lockdown.
Together We Soar has already raised £1,600 of its £2,300 target in its first two days of fundraising.
Croydon based community interest company, Willow Learning for Life, launched the project to give hope to adults with learning disabilities devastated by cuts in support, discrimination, and lack of opportunities.
It will fund a space for them to explore ideas, create opportunities, make friends and help others. It aims improve their confidence, skills, qualifications and ability to contribute to society – and be valued.
Willow Learning for Life already teaches citizenship in schools, trains social workers and healthcare staff and assesses spaces for their adapatability.
Its staff say working, being respected and valued makes a huge difference to the mental health of people with learning disabilities.
Chrystom Prince Martin, team member and football coach, said: “Willow has given me a voice, I can share the things I had hidden inside my heart. I used to cry in a corner, I felt like I was in a prison, but now my mind is free.”
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