Heart n Soul makes a huge difference to the lives of young people with learning disabilities in London.
Sadly, often people with a learning disability can find themselves in one of the most excluded groups of society. As a result, they can face time alone, becoming seriously isolated and withdrawn from everyday life. Heart n Soul aims to help these young people have more choice and confidence, and work towards more independent lives.
Alicia is 20 years old and joined the charity’s creative arts project two years ago. Here, she takes part in the music group, and has even formed a brand-new digital band with three other young people.
Thanks to Heart n Soul, her family have seen Alicia grow in confidence. Her mum, Jacqueline, said:
“Her development and to see how’s she’s grown at Heart n Soul is incredible too. She’s very settled now, her concentration is beautiful. Her behaviour, well it’s come on in leaps and bounds. She’s also a lot more assertive and shows more leadership. The whole family is really proud, her grandmum is blown away and calls her ‘Amazing Ali.”
It seemed only natural for Global’s Make Some Noise to support Heart n Soul’s ‘Do Your Own Radio’ project – an exciting platform for young people at the charity to have fun creating content, express themselves and develop new skills. It’s hoped that as a result, these younger people will benefit from increased confidence, reduced feelings of isolation and greater happiness and wellbeing.
Find out more on the charity’s website.