David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, visited The Children's Society’s project in his constituency Witney last week (Friday 15 April 2011). The Prime Minister visited the Western Corner project, which provides holiday activities for disabled children and young people aged 5-18 years.
Mr. Cameron spent the time chatting to disabled young people as well as project staff. The young people showed the Prime Minister some of the activities that they enjoy taking part in, including arts, crafts and ball games. They also showed him around the project’s new garden.
Western Corner provides holiday activities for disabled children across Oxfordshire who have a severe learning impairment, have experienced difficulties accessing services due to their behaviour, or who find a busy play scheme too challenging. These may include those who have an autistic spectrum disorder or complex needs. The project has been running for over 25 years.
Rachael Sherratt-Smith, Programme Manager at The Children's Society’s Western Corner project, said: 'It was an honour for both project staff and the young people to meet the Prime Minister. This is clearly an issue that he cares deeply about and it was great to see the real connection that he quickly established with the young people'.
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For more information about the project visit the Western Corner website pages.
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