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Helping disabled dress to impress
A DORCAN-based charity has been praised as a ‘rare jewel’ by South Swindon MP Robert Buckland.
Mr Buckland was invited to speak at the AGM of Dressability, which adapts clothing for the needs of people with disabilities.
Trustees, volunteers, retired co-founder Sian Barrie and representatives of other voluntary groups attended.
There was a screening of a recent Blue Peter feature about the charity, and a reminder that 30 football kits had been donated by Swindon Town FC and would be altered to suit young clients.
Mr Buckland said his first visit to Dressability had been to mark Sian’s retirement.
“It was my first opportunity to come and learn about the service, and I understood that it was a very rare jewel indeed,” he said.
“I think there’s only one other organisation like it in the country - it’s up in Bradford. “Dressability is not just a Swindon association – it’s an association for the whole of the region.”
Having just watched the Blue Peter sequence, he said: “The film brought it home to us. There we are on Blue Peter, that’s watched by millions of children, mine included, learning about what Swindon has to offer.
“Dressability is getting across its message that this is a service that can allow people with disabilities to be part of the mainstream – that’s what they want and what we want.
“What we wear is very much a statement of who we are. To not have access to that sort of basic right, an expression of your humanity, is a pretty big thing.”
Dressability manager Sharon Tombs revealed that the charity recently had its busiest month, with 91 garments completed in August.
She said: “I’m very enthusiastic about promoting the organisation. I feel there’s so much good work to be done here and it’s just about letting people know.
“Everybody who comes into contact with us is really impressed and says what a fantastic organisation we are.”
Dressability welcomes volunteers with garment-altering skills and also donations and fundraising ideas. It can be contacted on 01793 512878 and via the website www.dressabilty.org.uk.
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