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Praise for ‘Prospects Day’ group

21 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MP Conor Murphy speaking prior to an event at Prospects Newry Day Opportunities Centre to celebrate National Learning Disability Week has said that his visit to Prospects was an opportunity to get involved in raising awareness about the issues that are important to people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

The themes for Learning Disability week are that of Bullying and citizenship.

Mr Murphy said:

"Children and young people with a learning disability should be able to enjoy life and take part in their community without being scared of bullying.

"Bullying has a devastating effect on children's lives, making them scared to go to school, make friends and take part in out-of-school activities. This stops children with a learning disability from living full lives."

Conor praising the commitment of the staff and all those involved with the Prospects Day Opportunities Group based at the Annexe, Ballybot House, added:

"Everyone involved with this group has contributed positively into ensuring that the issues affecting young people and adults with learning difficulties were highlighted.

"Their report 'We are People Too' is excellent reading. It details the patients' journey through the GP Service from the perspective of the Citizenship Group at Prospects. It detailed what the Group thought of services and acted on their behalf to try and improve them.

"Prospects and all other groups and carers involved in working with those with Learning Disabilities, epitomised all that the community could be proud of. We are grateful to those who day and daily cared for others 'unconditionally'." ENDS

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