About 1 billion people around the world live with a disability – that’s roughly 15 per cent of our global population.
On December 3 each year the International Day of People with Disabilities is celebrated. In 1981 the United Nations proclaimed this as a recognised day for the celebration of the achievements of people living with disabilities across the world. It is also a day upon which they aim to promote awareness of the challenges faced by over 1 billion people living with disabilities, and the role communities and societies play in accelerating the eradication of barriers to social inclusion, equity, participation and citizenship.
In our own, small way the VIVA project aims to play it's part in breaking down those barriers and celebrating the achievements of our clients. In just the last couple of months we have had clients, with a wide range of health problems and disabilities, start volunteering in all sorts of roles. From helping in the cafe at Treverbyn Hall, to working on grounds maintenance at Treraven Farm in Wadebridge, to befriending elderly, isolated people in the Looe/Liskeard area - the list isn't quite endless! Nevertheless, it's encouraging to see that our maxim that everybody has something to offer consistently proves to be true. Not only that, but our volunteers are also having a positive impact on their own local communities and improving their own sense of wellbeing.
If you, or someone you are supporting, would like to know more about the VIVA project and the way it works please check out our page and get in contact if you have any questions.
More reading on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/