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Speak To The World In A Postcard

March 21, 2013

Published by request of United Response.

 

Just a few decades ago many people with disabilities or mental health needs were locked away from the rest of Britain in institutions, their voices ignored and their stories unheard. At United Response, which is now celebrating 40 years of challenging injustice, we want to rectify that.

 

Our Postcards from the Edges campaign gives anyone whose life has been impacted by disability or mental health the chance to speak to the world in a postcard – using words, photographs, art or anything that captures the imagination,

 

You don’t have to be disabled or have a mental health need to take part. We also want relatives, friends or anyone who cares about disability and mental health to take part and express their support or views. Anyone can either make a postcard at home and send it to us or create one directly on our website.

 

Later in 2013, a series of exhibitions will showcase the huge range of experiences, views and talents of the participants, doing for the creative abilities of disabled people what the Paralympics did for the sporting abilities.

 

There are already dozens of postcards on the website, touching on a variety of themes and issues.

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These are just a couple of the postcards that have already been submitted but they show just how simple or complicated you can make your own.  So, if you want to submit your own postcard and let the world know about the challenges you face, what obstacles you’ve overcome, your hopes, dreams and even fears then head on over to the Postcards from the Edges website.

 

You’ll find a handy program to design and create your postcard from scratch all in your web browser. If you prefer something more traditional you can request a pack to be sent in the post which includes templates and guidance on how to make a real postcard to send in to United Response.

 

Getting started can be the hard part with any creative endeavour, so the website also has ideas for themes as well as a library of existing postcards for you to use as inspiration. Remember, this is a way for you to express your thoughts and feelings in a powerful and visually striking way. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, so let your passion run wild.

 

Join United Response in celebrating forty years of mental health support and helping disabled people to be more independent and live life on their terms. Create your card and let the world know what you’re feeling.

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