Community Group Invites Everyone to Inclusive Dance for St. Patrick's Day
People living with disability, their friends, families and community members are getting together next week to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the first of a series of dances organized by Nelson CARES Society.
It’s been long recognized that Canadians with disabilities and their families are among the most isolated and loneliest in our country. Most of us take for granted that we can interact and socialize with friends, coworkers, and peers when we want, how we want, and in the setting, we choose. Community activities come naturally. But for people living with different abilities, opportunities to get together with peers can be quite rare. People often need support and directed effort to make social opportunities happen.
“So, this is really a simple idea, as old as time. Give people a chance to get together and know each other in a social setting,” says Julie Robinson, the event organizer. “It’s giving people a chance to build friendships, and a sense of belonging. From that basis you build a better community.”
Nelson CARES’ Society goal is to work to build a healthy and inclusive community where respect for individuals is an ordinary, everyday occurrence.
We know that by offering families and individuals a chance of growing an inclusive supported network they will not only be happier, they will also be stronger to advocate for themselves and their friends.
The St. Paddy’s Day dance is being held March 8, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Front Room, 901 Front St. Nelson. Everyone is welcome!
The event is being made possible by the kind support of the Columbia Basin Trust, Community Living BC and the Nelson Lion’s Club.