Meet Jamie

“I’ve been coming to PHAB for about five years. I see it as a place where I can be creative. I’ve always really enjoyed arts and crafts. Being visually impaired meant that I didn’t know where to start. It was nice to get a little bit of guidance. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. It leads to a lot of frustration, but I enjoy it.

Last year we took part in the Bradford Celebrate Diversity event. We made our own costumes for a fashion show. I made a dress out of recycled material and bin bags. We were upcycling.

There was a catwalk and we showed off our costumes on the runway. It was great fun; to see our creations come to life was amazing. They had taken a lot of time and hard work. It was satisfying to see them being received so well.

There are people here who have a wide range of learning disabilities. And the nice thing was that everyone could get involved. Everybody could get something out of it, no matter their ability.”

Bradford PHAB is a charity that encourages people of all abilities to come together on equal terms, to achieve complete inclusion within the wider community. Working with children and young people with and without disabilities, they offering a diverse range of activities and project to promote self-confidence and independence. Thanks to a Pears Youth Fund grant, they were able to deliver their Celebrate Diversity Celebrate Community project exploring and discussing different cultural traditions, lifestyles and backgrounds.