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Club celebrates 10 great years

By Brénna Walsh

The Junction Club, a support group for adults with learning disabilities, held a special AGM last week, celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The meeting, which was held at the Inverary community centre on Tuesday, February 16, was entitled ‘10 years gone, 10 years on’, recognising the group’s success over the years at helping adults with learning disabilities live independently.

The Junction Club is unique because the programme is run by the members and is one of the first of its kind.

And the event proved even more special with two members, Margaret Rickey and David Walsh, announcing their engagement.

Guest speaker at the special event was Sandra Harris, chairperson of the Equal Lives Action Group — which was set up in January 2006 following a meeting attended by more that 80 parents from south and east Belfast.

She described the members of the club as pioneers, breaking new ground and preparing the way for others who want to become independent.

She added: “They knew what they wanted, they wanted to become pioneers of something unique. They wanted to start their own club, though at the beginning of the journey they had to convince many people in authority.”

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