AAM is a family for everyone who works here and for everyone who attends one of our projects. And it's one I love being part of. Please make a donation and help me raise lots of money for AAM so they can keep doing their amazing work. My run won't be fast and it won't be pretty but I'll get round and your donations will certainly help me do so.
The official blurb for AAM is at the bottom of my page and it's ace (I'm in no way biased), but here's why I'm running for them:
Not only do AAM provide incredible projects, creative activities and an unbelievable sense of belonging to its members and its supporters. There's a whole unseen side of AAM that most people don't know about.
As an organisation they work tirelessly in the community to make sure that all members of the community are listened to and represented. They're not a campaigning organisation, but they sit on a number of forums and networks. Always to represent those people who access their services and always passionately and positively. They work with volunteers from all walks of life. Students, people in between jobs, people with mental health problems and people who are just having a hard time. This is the unseen part of AAM and the part that pretty much saved me and helped my find my feet again after we lost our son, and after I had Emily and found myself suffering from crippling anxiety and depression.
Now I get to work for the organisation I love, running their (if I do say so myself) amazing AbleWeb York (www.ablewebyork.org) community media programme and working as part of the marketing and development team. I love my job. I love the people I work with at AAM and I love the people I get to meet and work with as part of all our projects and community work. More incredible, passionate and crackers people you could not hope to meet.
Emily now attends our Junior IMPs programme and the confidence and love of music that it's fostered in her can not be bought. She's learned to sign, to sing and to stand up in front of an audience and not be phased. Far more than I was ever capable of at 8 years old. We can even use sneaky signing in public when we want to chat without others knowing or without having to shout at each other across a playground.
So if you can support AAM by donating even just a few pounds I'd be hugely grateful. Thank you :) K x
AAM the official stuff below:
Accessible Arts & Media runs inclusive creative learning programmes for disabled people, young people, older people and people with mental health problems. Our projects help over 800 people each year to: learn new skills; gain the confidence to have more of a say in the things that matter to them; explore and connect with the world around them in a safe, supportive, fun environment; make new friends and socialise; play an active part in their local community; and feel happier and healthier.Things are better when we all work together!