10th Airedale Scouts call to action

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10th Airedale Scouts call to action

15 March 2016

The 10th Airedale Scout Group are participating in the Scout Associations “A Million Hands” project through which half a million young people are committed to removing social barriers, connecting communities and improving lives.

Our Scout Group decided that we would take up Disability as our issue within the Project and selected Epilepsy Action as a local charity with whom we could build a relationship, help raise funds and raise awareness of the problems faced by people living with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. People with epilepsy and their families can face stigma and discrimination.

As part of their campaigning to raise awareness, Epilepsy Action runs Purple Day – this year Purple day will be on Saturday 26th March.  The 10th Airedale Scout Group will be supporting this day and hope to be able to publish some pictures on the Facebook page shortly afterwards.

We will be asking the Local Schools to play a part in raising awareness and to that end, tomorrow we will be putting a link to a letter HERE which the Scouts will be able to download for presenting to their Schools making a call to action.

Did you know that disability is caused by the way we as a society treat those with impairments or conditions, rather than the impairments or conditions themselves?  There are over 11 million people disabled by society in the UK.

People with disabilities often face discrimination in how they live, how they learn and how they work. Being disabled makes it more likely for someone to live in poverty, to be unemployed or not to hold any qualifications, but it doesn’t have to be this way. By removing barriers disabled people can live, learn and work independently and be part of an equal society.

From reducing social isolation to removing barriers to participation in society, young people could improve the lives of disabled people.