We bring people with learning disabilities and autism together with other community members to sing, improve well-being and teach skills. We raise awareness of communication needs and show how to build a more inclusive community.
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1177785)
It is so difficult for many who are vulnerable or who have a disability to make sense of lockdowns and the Include group is a real light in their lives.
'The Include Choir, in one witty song, conveyed the principles of the Mental Capacity Act better than I have seen done in any 'professional' training.'
'It makes me happy. I want it to be forever and ever'
'It’s no secret that The Include Choir does wonders for their members... I feel empowered to go to my work each day, and find out what is needed to meet the people I care for on their own level, and that brings me great joy.'
1 in 5 people in the UK has a communication difficulty, leading to isolation, mental health difficulties, health inequalities, unemployment and more. As an 'invisible' disability, there is limited support available. However, as we can improve physical access by building a ramp; we can build ramps for people with communication needs by adapting our own communication, helping people to understand and express themselves, and enabling access to the services and opportunities we all take for granted.
The Include Choir brings people with and without communication needs together, breaking down barriers and reducing stigma and isolation. We provide social and musical opportunities which improve wellbeing and we empower people with communication needs, giving them a voice and platform. We teach evidence-based inclusive communication skills to health and care staff, businesses and the local community - through fun, music, and engagement with the people who are the experts in communication needs.
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