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Paralympic celebrations for international awareness day

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Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities

Ron Newman, with members from local organisations and the community Ron Newman, with members from local organisations and the community

Residents from Hackney have celebrated international awareness day in prestige Paralympic style, thanks to a £1,000 boost from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund.

A fun-filled party, organised by London Coaching Foundation (LCF) at the Cre8 Lifestyle Centre, attracted over 200 residents in the community to acknowledge the ‘International Day of People with Disability’.

Families were out on force to rub shoulders with key organisations providing services to disabled people in the local area, and to witness a once-in-a-lifetime performance from Seg87 - an entertainment group who performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic games.

The 5 hour festivity brought the community together to raise awareness, promote equal opportunities and celebrate the achievements of local disabled people. A large number of organisations were on hand to help and provide information, including Hackney ARK and The Key – support services for children and young people with disability and special needs.

Ron Newman, main organiser from LCF, said: “It was brilliant to see so many residents come together and celebrate the achievements of the local people and facilitate the sharing of information from community centres and charities in the local area.

“We are all extremely grateful for the kind donation from Sanctuary, as it enabled us to secure the venue, refreshments and stunning entertainment, which meant the attending residents, had a fantastic time.”

Set up in 1990, LCF has been working in partnership with local authorities, schools, colleges and other public sector organisations to provide coaching in recreational sport, health and fitness programmes to young people, regardless of their ability.

LCF is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund.  Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

Jo Revett, Sanctuary Housing’s senior project officer, added: “It’s fantastic we could be involved in this great opportunity for the local community – an enjoyable get together, while being reminded of the services on offer in their neighbourhood.”

The Grand Ideas Fund is open for applications from charities, residents’ groups and voluntary organisations.

The fund is designed to support as wide a variety of projects as possible – from youth activities to the improvement of community facilities.

For details on how to apply, contact Sanctuary’s Community Investment team on 01905 334271 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk

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