Amy Begley who is supported by Cope Foundation. Photo: Darragh Kane

Talk about inclusion

People across Cork are being encouraged to talk about inclusion this weekend as a charity hosts a special event.

The Cope Foundation’s event will take place on Harley Street on Saturday 3 December, which is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, from 10am-2pm.

Members of the public will be able to chat with people supported by Cope Foundation and its staff. There will be a selection of complimentary festive treats while Cork buskers and TikTok stars Korey Power and Dylan Brickle will perform some Christmas favourites on the day.

Cope Foundation is hoping its event on Harley Street will highlight the importance of inclusion and to talk about how we can embrace this more in every aspect of our lives.

It supports 2,800 people with an intellectual disability and/or autism to live a life of their choosing. The charity has a growing network of 70 centres stretching from East to West Cork.

Meanwhile the charity's virtual giving website, now in its second year, is called Light Up Cork. It was designed by graphic designer Amy Begley and shows a night sky over a number of well-known landmarks across Cork city and county.

Amy said: “Inclusion is so important and I am delighted to be part of the Cope Foundation campaign to raise awareness of it. Communities play a big role in making things possible and everyone has the right to be involved, have a purpose, to make a mark, and to have a chance to make a difference.”