Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.
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Tenby’s Victoria to work with Lesotho youngsters with learning disabilities
By Observer Reporter
A theatre actor from Tenby with ambitions of travelling to Africa to work with young people who have learning disabilities has received a boost from the town council after writing to them with her story.
Twenty-three-year-old Victoria Walters who has Down’s Syndrome, wrote to Tenby town council to explain how her acting ambitions has given her the opportunity to visit Lesotho to work with the communities of young people both with and without learning disabilities.
“Two days a week, I attend an actor training programme with Hijinx – a theatre company who work across Wales with learning disabled actors, training us a regional hubs in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and Prestatyn,” she wrote in her letter that came before members of Tenby town council at their meeting on Tuesday.
Through Hijinx Victoria has received professional training in acting, dance, playback theatre and acting for camera, and has appeared in performances by Saundersfoot Footlights at the Regency Hall, at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven, as well as at the Hijinx Unity Festival in Cardiff.
Victoria explained that she has been offered an ‘amazing opportunity’ to go to Lesotho in Africa for two weeks in February.
“In countries like Lesotho, people like me are completely cut off from society and are rarely seen out in public. Children who have a learning disability are abandoned by their families, and left to grow up in orphanages with little experience of the world outside.
“I want to challenge people’s ideas of what people with learning disabilities can do, and raise the aspirations of young learning disabled people everywhere,” she continued, explaining that she needed to raise £1,000 before her trip to go towards her travelling expenses and accommodation costs for the duration of the project.