Charity open day raises awareness

Mayor Jacqui Landriani and Signposts Volunteer Myrna Jones
Mayor Jacqui Landriani and Signposts Volunteer Myrna Jones

As part of National Learning Disability Awareness Week, Signposts Mid Sussex hosted a summer open day at their resource centre in Station Road, Burgess Hill.

There was a pop-up tearoom, lots of activities and several talks. The Mayor of Burgess Hill opened the afternoon and talked about how Signposts is her nominated charity of the year.

Over 80 visitors came to explore this year’s inclusive theme ‘Who I am’, through art, poetry, interviews and an interactive map. The afternoon also saw the premier of a short film made by members of Signposts, which won second prize in Mencap’s recent film and photography competition. Titled ‘Colourless’, the film is a thriller about a computer hacker sucking colour out of the world, and explored the theme of appreciation for the natural world.

Visitors to the open day heard talks from local artists with a learning disability as well as volunteers and trustees of Signposts. The open day was a great opportunity for the community to celebrate inclusivity and develop awareness about disability.