Borderers urged to get creative in time for Learning Disability Week

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COULD you create a piece of art that represents what it means to you to be part of your local community?

That’s the challenge being given to the people of the Borders to help celebrate Learning Disability Week which this year runs from June 18-24.

The theme for the 2012 event is social inclusion, focussing on the ways that we all work together to develop close and vibrant communities. It isn’t always the case that people with a learning disability feel part of their communities, so they will be using the week to showcase the important and diverse ways in which they are able to participate and contribute as local citizens.

They are also hoping to make new connections and widen the scope of their involvement, with the art competition being seen as one way of reaching out and sharing with the wider Borders population.

And one person who will definitely be submitting an entry is Tom Kennedy, a Berwickshire artist and member of the art group at Lanark Lodge Day Support Service in Duns. Being part of the group has enabled him to meet new people and make new friends, not only in his home town but in other places where his paintings have been shown.

He commented: “Painting makes me feel happy. I like to sell my pictures to support the Berwick Swan and Wildlife Trust where I am a volunteer.”

The art competition is open to all age groups with entries from all media accepted including photography, painting, sculpture and craftwork - the choice is yours.

The closing date is Friday, June 15 and visitors to local events being held throughout the week will be asked to vote for their favourite with the most popular going through to a regional final. The overall winner will be announced as part of a drop-in session being held in Galashiels on June 22. Visit