[WATCH] Manchester hosts first learning disability rave
A Manchester charity called Manchester People First recently teamed up with club promoters Meat Free to host a rave for people with learning disabilities called Under One Roof.
BBC Stories created a short film about the July evening, showing people with learning disabilities enjoying an evening created just for them at Texture nightclub.
The three-minute video focuses on Shane, an aspiring DJ with a learning disability. He says that going to a regular rave or nightclub can be hard for people with disabilities, because “people bully you if they’ve had too much to drink.”
Fortunately, groups like Manchester People First and Meat Free are coming together to host events like this one where people with disabilities can be feel secure knowing they’re in a safe space with people just like them. It also creates a fun environment for their support workers, who can enjoy the party with the people they look after.
Alice Woods of Texture nightclub says their mission with the event is to create an “inclusive, fun environment with really good music at its core.” She said they had been looking for a way to expand that past their regular dance community and thought this would be the perfect event to add to their roster.
After the success of the first event, Meat Free posted on their Facebook page that they would be announcing their next Under One Roof party soon.