Guildford’s New Mayor, Councillor Diana Lockyer-Nibbs, showed her support for local charity, the halow project at an event, which marked the launch of the charity’s new ‘A Reason To Get Up!’ initiative.
halow, which supports young people with a learning disability to have the same life choices and chances as any other young person, launched ‘A Reason To Get Up!’ from its Guildford, Quarry Street office with a BBQ on our newly refurbished terrace.
The Mayor, Guests and halow employees chatted about the many varied elements to the new initiative, which is aimed at young people aged 18 and over. It will help them:
-Lead fulfilling lives by making a positive contribution in the community
-Develop friendships and relationships
-Gain a sense of purpose, satisfaction and opportunity
-Increase self-confidence and future aspiration
-Have more choice and control over their lives
Aisha Ariakutti, halow’s project co-ordinator for A Reason To Get Up commented at the event, said: “We’re delighted the Mayor could lend her support for this exciting new initiative. A Reason To Get Up! will further broaden our ability to support and integrate young people with a learning disability into the community. We have worked very hard listening and talking with young people and their parents as to the type of activities and experiences they want to engage in. These activities include administrative skills such as CV writing, computer literacy and applying for jobs/voluntary work/apprenticeships. In addition there are various health and fitness and gardening-related projects such as working on the charity’s allotment here in Guildford.”