Capability Scotland campaigns with, and provides education, employment and care services for, disabled children and adults across Scotland.
Staff and their customers across Scotland recently celebrated the Commonwealth Games with a series of sporting, cultural and art activities. The week long programme of events was made possible thanks to a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery funded Celebrate programme.
It culminated in a special celebration day on Saturday, 12 July at Upper Springland Residential and Respite Service in Perth, which included the premiere of Capability Scotland’s customers’ song, When Your Voice Is But A Whisper.
The afternoon was full of events and activities and included therapets, a bouncy castle and live music. An art display showcased a wide variety of work created by customers, including a large globe showing the Commonwealth countries, as well as a boomerang display. Customers also made friendship bracelets that had a short biography and photograph of the creator attached. The bracelets were swapped in a celebration of the friendships formed during the different activities.
Capability Scotland’s event also gave 15 local musicians their first taste of working in a professional recording studio which helped them gain a range of new skills. The song, When Your Voice Is But A Whisper, had its inaugural performance following an Awards Ceremony which saw Big Lottery Fund, Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, presenting a number of medals.
Speaking at the event, Maureen McGinn said: “It has been an honour to play a small part in today’s ceremony. The achievements that have been acknowledged today are inspiring, pushing beyond the boundaries and making links that will last beyond the games. People talk about inspiration but today you have all been truly inspiring.”
CEO, Capability Scotland, Dana O’Dwyer, said: “It has been truly heart-warming seeing all the hard work come together on what has been a very special day. The Commonwealth Games may officially start later in the month, but for me they started here today at Upper Springland.”
A music video to accompany the song will go live online on Friday, 25 July. Look out for it on Capability Scotland’s website.
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