The Umbrella Project
Our Umbrella Project will recruit a member of staff to provide training for 200 families on understanding and managing their child's ADHD / Autism across the North West.
Our objective is to improve the quality of family life, reduce dependencies and offer a strength based approach focusing on what young people with learning difficulties can achieve - rather than focus on a 'disorder that disables'.
Supported by our Patrons Simon Weston CBE, Rory Bremner, Paralympian and Jonathan Drane, our volunteers and service users who together with Trustees and staff will optimise our efforts to empower families and also to challenge stigma and stereotyping utilising our 10,000 social media followers and 100 participating schools.
Children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, tics, Tourette's syndrome dyscalculia and sensory processing disorder are at greater risk of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and self harm. They are also more at risk of bullying, isolation, and exclusion. By challenging stigma and stereotypes through 100 school assemblies delivered by children, we will educate and inspire all children to be inclusive and understanding of the needs of those with learning difficulties.
The arts element of the project will involve inviting 500 children to write messages on brightly coloured umbrellas that express how they have overcome their personal challenges and realised their gifts, talents and superpowers.
The brightly coloured umbrellas will then be displayed in public. This has the support of the City of Liverpool Mayor's office and local businesses who have agreed any costs incurred relating to the display of the 500 umbrellas. A 'flash mob' dance involving 100 children will also take place in March 2017 to coincide with the umbrella display and free umbrellas will be distributed to the elderly.
Our project will create opportunities for learning for families who live with day t day reality of the challenges faced by learning difficulty and also educate others about why we as a society must see diversity in sometimes invisible young people and learn to see them as different and not disordered.