On Sunday 14 July 2019 the SE YAAN and AAN came together to sponsor and support the annual Disability PRIDE event in Brighton. Back for its third year, the festival is a celebration of human diversity, recognising the contribution and challenges faced by those with – often hidden- disabilities.
The event, including live music, acts, performances and speeches, took place on the seafront at Hove Lawns.
The idea came from disabled Brighton mum, Jenny Skelton, who also has three adopted children with various disabilities, after one of her children suffered an incident of disability discrimination.
Since the first year, the group has grown significantly and has now launched a People’s Health Trust-funded supported volunteering programme so that more people with both visible and invisible impairments or conditions can get involved and help break down barriers.
The SE AAN and YAAN joined in the colourful and musical march and manned a stand offering advice and guidance on Apprenticeships. There was keen interest from many parents and carers who were under the impression that Apprenticeships were only for 16 -18 year olds.
The event also gave the team a chance to give away their temporary tattoos and badges especially designed for the occasion which, as expected, disappeared like hot cakes. This was a great event to attend to spread the word that Apprenticeships are for everyone- job done!