Making new friends

15 November 2013

Ability North London is a project where young Jewish men with learning difficulties are getting together to take part in a range of activities chosen by them, to boost their confidence, build new friendships and learn new skills. The project also provides critical respite to parents and carers.

A group of young men from the project offered their friendship to People's Health Trust Chair Professor Jennie Popay and Chief Executive John Hume in one of their sessions.

Project founder Alte Schlesinger said: "It can be expensive to run things, so grants like this are life-saving, but we need more. This group is invaluable to the lives of these young people."

Parent Rachel Josebashvili said: "This group has literally saved the lives of the parents. It allows us to have a break and that gives us the strength to carry on.

"My son needs 24/7 care, the Government gives Ability North nothing so we rely on grants like this and are so grateful to People’s Health Trust and the Health Lottery for this funding. It is absolutely vital, and makes such s huge difference."

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “Seeing first-hand the change people are making in their communities, and witnessing their great ideas come to life, is very exciting. We are delighted to be investing in projects like Ability North London.”

Professor Jennie Popay and John Hume were also joined by Richard Desmond of The Health Lottery.



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