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Friday 1 April 2011

Disabled children see life through a lens with photography project

Lily Mae Johnson aged 8 with her photography which was exhibited as part of the Aimin High project  with l-r   Kate Langridge, Ann Clark and Barbara Logan from the Aiming High Project.

Snap-happy disabled youngsters got the chance to show off their photography skills as part of an exhibition in Middlewich.

Users of Cheshire East Council’s Aiming High service put on show the pictures they had taken during a professional photography project at Middlewich Community Church, on Tuesday, March 29.

They also talked about how Aiming High – a national, government-funded project which focuses on improving the lives of disabled children and their families – has helped them.

As part of the event, there was a presentation made by the young people to Cheshire East’s deputy mayor of a set of 10 large prints of their favourite photographs.

Lorraine Butcher, Director of children and families at Cheshire East Council, said: “The aim of this event was to celebrate what has been achieved so far by Aiming High in Cheshire East.

“It plans to give disabled children the opportunity to have short breaks and holidays where they can meet new friends and benefit from and enjoy new experiences.

“This is all part of our aim of improving life opportunities and health for everybody in Cheshire East.”

Aiming High’s short breaks come in a variety of formats and each one can last from just a few hours to a few days and occasionally longer.

They include day, evening, overnight and weekend activities and can take place in a community setting, the child’s own home, any residential setting or the home of an approved carer.

They provide disabled children and young people with enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers and can also provide parents and families with a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities.

For more information, visit, click on Social Care and Health, and then Aiming High for Disabled Children.

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