Call to back Something Special

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SDLP Derry City Cllr Brenda Stevenson has urged people to vote for Eglinton-based group Something Special in their bid to secure National Lottery funding to continue helping adults with learning disabilities through the arts.

The group is the only one in Northern Ireland to have been nominated in the National Lottery’s Arts Award category.

Cllr Stevenson, who is involved with the group, said: “Something Special has grown from strength to strength year on year and would really appreciate the help of all the communities out there to support us in our bid to achieve the National Lottery Award.

“The participants gain so much from the courses provided, music and art are two of the greatest mediums for expressing ourselves especially for those of us with communication difficulties.”

Something Special was established five years ago to provide an alternative approach to Day Opportunities for young adults with learning difficulties.

They are unique in that they educate young people and adults with learning disabilities through music. Something Special has its premises in Eglinton but also provide courses from the Playtrail and Foyle View School in Derry.

They take members from across the North-West, including Limavady, Greysteel, Eglinton and Derry. Students aged 16 and above participate in a range of accredited courses such as Working Towards Independence while focussing on learning and developing new skills in music and creative arts.

Music is a central focus at Something Special as a way of consolidating learning, developing concentration, social interaction and participation in group work. The group also endeavours to promote tolerance and social inclusion of adults with learning disabilities through workshops, performances and including members of the community, whether that be as a volunteer or fund-raiser.

Something Special places a huge emphasis on breaking down barriers and showcasing the talents and abilities of our individual learners.

“We are the only group in Northern Ireland to have been nominated in the Arts Award so it would be absolutely fantastic if we could win. Please follow the link below and find out how to vote and please encourage your family and friends to do the same.”