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People with learning disabilities in Hackney empowered at The Big Do

PUBLISHED: 16:36 06 November 2012

The cast from the The Black Cab Theatre Company  (L-R) Karen Robinson, Kazeen Essoh, Ciara Brennan, Dayo Koleosho (front), Michael O'Connor and Jolene Sampson after performing at the Hackney Big Do in Petchey Academy.

The cast from the The Black Cab Theatre Company (L-R) Karen Robinson, Kazeen Essoh, Ciara Brennan, Dayo Koleosho (front), Michael O'Connor and Jolene Sampson after performing at the Hackney Big Do in Petchey Academy.

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A performance by Access All Areas, a theatre company for people with learning difficulties capped off an annual event to empower people with learning disabilities in Dalston last week.

The Big Do saw people getting involved in employment workshops, undergoing health checks, taking part in exercise classes and boccia games, and drama workshops at the Petchey Academy in Shacklewell Lane.

Stephanie Linden from self advocacy organisation POhWER, which organised the event along with Hackney Council said: “This is a chance for people with learning disabilities to speak up and have their voice heard about services in Hackney.

“They will be inspired by what they can achieve and how they can improve the quality of their lives.”

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