Raising awareness and highlighting disabled voices.
Graeme recently visited the Richmond Fellowship in Arbroath to highlight Disability Pride Month.
Disability Pride Month is an international initiative that celebrates the disability community. It takes place every July in the UK and is predominantly a celebration that highlights the creativity, resilience, and achievements of people who identify as disabled. It is also a time to celebrate the diversity in the disability community and to reject the stigma, discrimination, and ableism that prevents equality for everyone.
The Richmond Fellowship is a charity which supports around 2500 people across Scotland with a broad range of needs to live as independently as possible in their own homes and communities. They are the largest provider of social care services in Scotland, providing personalised, high-quality community-based support services for those who require support in their lives. Some may have mental health difficulties, learning disabilities or autism; others may have dementia, alcohol or drug issues or forensic backgrounds.
Disability Pride provides a space to end stigmas and promote disability as an identity, culture and to share the positive pride many should feel. It creates awareness of and challenges the systemic ableism and discrimination disabled and deaf people face.
The Richmond Fellowship service has been providing support throughout the Angus area since 2003. They meet the needs of people with severe and enduring mental health problems and learning disabilities. Their team has experience of supporting people with autism, physical disabilities, older people with dementia related illnesses, drug and alcohol issues and homelessness. They can provide 24-hour support packages including sleepovers where appropriate.
Graeme visited the Richmond Fellowship’s Arbroath location where he spoke with some of the people supported by the organisation.