Margot's 70th

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Story of Margot's 70th

Wave is a grass-roots charitable organisation, and for the past 10 years has provided places in Muswell Hill for people of all abilities to meet and have fun together. The great thing is that what we do benefits everyone. Anxieties are lessened, attitudes to difference are challenged and people’s behaviour changes when we do things with and not for each other. The Thacker family have been loyal supporters since Margot and Elizabeth participated in our first workshop, exploring the feasibility of running a social group for young adults - Elizabeth became a valued member of the resulting group. Research we conducted last year shows that 61% of adults in the UK are interested in mixed abilities socialising but only 12% do so regularly. We have found a simple way to bridge that gap by providing places that make it easy for people with and without learning disabilities to comfortably mix. Wave, currently run totally by volunteers, wants other communities to benefit from its WithNotFor ethos and practical experience. The money raised will go towards employing someone to co-ordinate and promote this work. For more information, do check out the website: wave-for-change.org.uk

WAVE

WAVE stands for We’re All Valued Equally. This drives everything we do. We want to help break down the attitudinal and practical barriers that can result in individuals with and without learning disabilities being socially segregated. This, we believe, will happen through us doing things WITH and not FOR each other. We’re a movement for change and we’re already witnessing real change.The confidence and self-esteem of our members with learning disabilities is increasing as we plan and run activities together. We’re also seeing our members without learning disabilities grow in understanding, appreciation and acceptance of ‘difference’. We are building supportive communities between individuals with and without learning disabilities. Our Groups The Challenge Group - weekly playgroup for children with additional needs, their parents and carers. WAVE Church - Monthly informal and creative gatherings. They include singing with Makaton signing and bible teaching using pictures, games and drama. Wave Cafe - In 2017, WAVE launched the cafe project to put our inclusive ethos in to action in the wider community. Wave Cafe is now an independently registered charity - you can find them on their Kindlink page under 'Wave Cafe'.See other opportunities to help us here. Follow the latest events and trends in the philanthropy space hereCharity Registration No. XT33028

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