Poetry book showcases ‘Something Special’

Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell with clients of Something Special at the launch of their poetry book.  (1506JB65)
Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell with clients of Something Special at the launch of their poetry book. (1506JB65)

A new book showcasing poetry composed by adults with learning disabilities has been launched by Derry-based charity Something Special.

Teresa Livingstone, director of the Eglinton-based group says the anthology is “testament to what we do at Something Special.”

“It’s all about enabling people to communicate and about raising expectations. We use projects like this to promote confidence and increase inclusion within the community,” she says.

The charity, which began with a centre on Friday evening for people over the age of 16 to take part in leisure activities, now has over 60 service users from across the north west.

It uses the arts - primarily music - to break down barriers and showcase the talents and abilities of people with learning disabilities.

The recent poetry project forms part of the group’s literacy programme.

The Something Special collection had it’s launch last week, a launch that was attended by family and friends and the city’s new mayor, councillor Kevin Campbell.

“Everyone has been working on this for a couple of months,” Teresa says.

“We had so much material, and there was so much enthusiasm, that we launched the collection as a book. It’s all about enabling people to communicate,” she says.

The collection’s launch is just one of a number of projects ongoing at Something Special.

Two music videos, produced , composed, written and recorded by the group’s members have been posted on Youtube.

You can watch the video for ‘Shout It Out’ via this link

More information on the work of Something Special is available online at www.somethingspecialni.org