(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog April 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Cherylee Houston, who plays Izzy Armstrong in Coronation Street, is launching a theatre project for disabled youngsters.
The Manchester Evening News reports that Cherylee is aiming to set up a disabled youth theatre group for youngsters to ensure that drama is accessible to all and help youngsters with disabilities to fulfil their potential.
The pioneering actress and a group of like-minded artists are launching the group at the Royal Exchange Theatre in answer to government cuts which they are concerned have left many disabled people feeling like ‘prisoners in their own homes’.
They are reaching out to businesses in Manchester to help provide funding for the project.
Cherylee, who made history by becoming Coronation Street’s first disabled actress, said: “Young people in Manchester with high support needs are no longer entitled to full time care. Unless you are a danger to yourself you are only entitled to help with washing, dressing, a ready meal and being put back to bed at a time assigned by the council.
“This means all over Manchester disabled people and disabled young people have become prisoners in their own homes, with no care provision for food shopping, clothes washing let alone help outside the house.
“In many cases young people have lost their access to education, work and a social life. Throughout Manchester there are disabled people who are prisoners in their own homes because all the access that has been implemented over the years has been taken away by this government.”
The group called Triple C - The Creative Confidence Collective – has the motto ‘To Never Leave Anyone Behind’.
Anyone interested in joining or supporting the theatre group should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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