I've just been posting over at Crawley Catenian about the charity that the Crawley Catenian Circle is going to be supporting in 2012-13 and decided I'd like to mention it on this blog too, because it's one whose work I very much admire and which is very much in the pro-life spirit.
The Circle will be supporting Just Different. This is a charity set up in 2008 by Toby Hewson, a young man suffering from cerebral palsy, to educate children and young people about the world of disability and thus promote positive social attitudes towards disabled people. Just Different take interactive workshops on disability - written, produced and presented by disabled people - into mainstream schools. One of Horsham's primary schools, St John's, recently enjoyed one of their workshops which was very well received.
|Toby Hewson, Just Different's founder|
By working with young people, Just Different is tackling this problem at grass roots level. A generation of youngsters growing up today with an understanding and appreciation of disabled people will lead to a more genuinely inclusive society tomorrow.
Just Different offer their workshops free of formal charge, although they ask a suggested donation from the schools they visit. They are keen to keep things on this basis and avoid charging large fees which many might find unaffordable, thus restricting access to their life-changing message. However they need financial support - to, in their own words, "pay for the recruitment and training of disabled presenters, the travel costs associated with reaching the schools, workshop equipment and workshop development, so that we can bring about the changes we feel so passionately about." They are therefore seeking voluntary forms of financial giving to support their costs.
To read more about Just Different, visit www.justdifferent.org.
"We see a world in which difference is always valued. The earlier children and young people begin to learn about disability, the more likely they are to just accept it as a normal part of the world they live in for the rest of their lives. JustDifferent workshops demonstrate to children and young people that disabled people can achieve, participate and lead normal lives."