Two of the city’s most dedicated local charities Circle of Support and Something Special have been selected by the newly appointed Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson as the chosen charity organisations for her term in office.
Each year through a number of fundraising events including the Mayor’s Ball, the Mayor lends support to one of a number of local charities, and Councillor Brenda Stevenson has nominated two organisations which provide vital support for children and families within the local community. “I selected both these charities because of the invaluable services they provide in helping young people and their families cope with the many challenges of living with learning disabilities,” she explained.
“The opportunities and support they offer those affected are fantastic and both organisations have a network of dedicated volunteers and staff who rely on the generosity of the public to continue their work. I hope to offer them whatever support and assistance I can throughout the year in increasing their profile and raising funds, and I would also urge the public to support the work of both organisations throughout the year.”
Denise White, who founded ‘Something Special’ in 2007, said she was delighted that the work of Something Special has been recognised by the Mayor. “We are over the moon to be recognised in this way, and the whole group is just so excited. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work that we’re doing at the moment, and to have the support of the Mayor is a great chance for us to get the message out there about Something Special.
Something Special provides educational and creative opportunities for children and young adults with special needs and learning disabilities.
COS (Circle of Support) is a group run by local parents to support families of children diagnosed with or being assessed for ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
Treasurer, Caroline Roddy said: “We are so honoured to be selected by the Mayor as one of her two chosen charities and we are really looking forward to working with Brenda throughout the year at any fundraising events. Every penny that’s raised this year will go towards arranging outings and events for local young people with ASD and their extended families.”