BID Member Update: 3 March 2022

Support for anyone affected by events in Ukraine

Blackburn with Darwen Council are looking in to what support they could offer locally to any of those affected by the recent events in Ukraine. We may not have many Ukraine or Russian Nationals, however there may be a few with family or friends in Ukraine/Russia who may need some additional support during this time.  They would appreciate if you can feedback to them if you come across any residents with issues or concerns – with this information they can then look in to next steps and how best to support.   If you are aware of groups, communities and organisations providing support, collecting donations etc. please can you also let them know.  The contact details for any information you have are:-

Hajra Sidat, Engagement & Integration Officer | Social Integration Programme for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – 01254 222596 | 07971779802

Hidden Disability Treasure Hunt

Blackburn BID Member The Mall Blackburn has teamed up with community interest company Access Ability’s Dis-Labelled project to launch a treasure hunt to raise awareness and educate little shoppers on the lead up to Hidden Disability Day, which will take place on Thursday 24th March.  Children (and adults) are being invited to become Hidden Disability Champions by finding clues in store windows across the shopping centre. 10 Mall retailers and BID members are displaying posters which outline invisible disability facts and spell out a word. 

Everyone that completes the challenge, which starts this Friday 5th March, will be given a Hidden Disability Champion certificate and entered into a prize draw to win a £100 gift card.

According to statistics from Dis-Labelled, one in five people in the UK are disabled and 80 percent of disabilities are invisible.  The project is aimed at removing stigma around hidden disabilities and raise awareness of the many conditions that people face on a daily basis.  These include anxiety, epilepsy, visual impairment, asthma, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, autism and many more.

Please pick up your copy of the treasure hunt map from The Mall Ask Me Point.

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