A series of umbrellas in primary colours are now dangling over Church Alley in Liverpool – the short road that connects Church Road and the Bluecoat on School Lane. According to the Liverpool Echo there are two hundred of them. They have been put there by the Liverpool-based ADHD Foundation to raise awareness, and hopefully some money. The charity is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The display is called The Umbrella Proect. Umbrellas were used to represent the “umbrella terms” – autism and ADHD, which encompass a variety of neurodevelopment difficulties. Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, said of the Umbrella Project:
“I wholeheartedly support ADHD Foundation’s Umbrella Project.
“Liverpool City Council is fully committed to supporting the education, mental health and employability of people with ADHD and autism.
“Raising awareness is fundamental in engaging conversations and promoting the general public’s understanding of ADHD.
“With half a million children across the country being affected by the condition, with many going completely undiagnosed, it is more important now than ever that as a city we lead the way in doing everything we can to support them.
“I want Liverpool to truly be an ADHD and autism friendly city. We have to work together to remove the barriers that are preventing people from being able to reach their true potential. The Umbrella Project is a great way of showing that commitment and engaging those conversations.”
The Chief Executive of the ADHD Foundation, Dr Tony Lloyd said of the naming of the project:
“The name for the project was actually chosen by the brilliant children who work with the foundation.
“ADHD and autism are ‘umbrella terms’ for a whole variety of neurodevelopment difficulties and we want to highlight that fact and challenge the stigma of what can be ‘invisible’ disabilities.
“The Umbrella Project is about reminding adults – be it parents, teachers or potential employees – that young people with ADHD and other conditions possess many gifts, talents and skills to offer their communities. Their condition is not a disabler, but an enabler, a superpower.”
All the photos in this post I took today. You can view all today’s photos on Flickr or with videos on my YouTube channel. The video is also at the top of this post. You can also visit the ADHD Foundation website and sponsor their activities or make a donation. ADHD Foundation works to challenge the stigma associated with ADHD and highlight ADHD as a mental health issue which now affects one in twenty children in the UK and one in sixty adults.