Loneliness and social isolation can affect anyone, but some people are more vulnerable to it than others – like disabled people. Disabled people often face barriers in daily life that can make them more likely to be chronically lonely than non-disabled people. The team here at Beautiful Lives Project has found ourselves discussing the growing crisis of loneliness and diving deep into finding ways to overcome it. "The smiles we experience at our inclusive events, ours and theirs," says BLP Executive Director, Charlie Brignac," remind us how important it is to include people of different abilities and needs out into our communities. We need them all as much as they need us!" As a team, we challenge you to make a small difference in your personal community by shattering social biases. In the words of humanitarian, Jo Cox, "We have far more in common than that which divides us." We could all benefit from seeking to create connections with others by focusing on our similarities and shared interests rather than our differences. We urge you to contact your local BLP chapter and host an event in your area; or click on the Get Involved link above to volunteer to help out at an event near you; or make a monetary donation using the link at the end of this newsletter, to help further our mission of inclusion.
The Beautiful Lives Project relies on volunteers and community leaders for help in planning and coordination. If you know of a person, group or organization that would be interested in helping us achieve our mission, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to host or volunteer but would like to help move our cause forward, please consider a monetary donation by clicking the link below.