A Hertfordshire-based charity which has dedicated itself to using the power of music to enhance the learning of disabled people has launched a new campaign with the help of an inspirational mum and son from Abbots Langley.
Electric Umbrella, which was set up five years ago by Kings Langley resident Mel Boda and Tom Billington, has launched its ‘Plug In’ campaign, inviting people across the UK to join their community.
The charity, which provides a platform for learning disabled people to enjoy live music, turned to online sessions during the pandemic with fun interactive shows and singalongs to help members through difficult times.
The campaign features four amazing ambassadors from the charity, including Ryan Young and his mum, Jenny, both from Abbots.
Jenny said the charity is like a family for herself and her son Ryan.
She said: “Ryan is 18. He can’t read, write or count, but he does kind of know what he’s meant to do and he’s known as an entertainer. He likes the people around him to be happy – if more people had that skill, the world would be a better place.
“Electric Umbrella has become a bit like a family for us, because there are so many other parents of people with special needs so there are people I can go to for advice.
“It’s a bridge between the children and adults. Choir is something you can do with your young person and that’s been really nice.
“For me, it’s an amazing outlet for creativity. I’ve always been a colourful, art-and-crafty kind of person and this has given me a way to use it to everyone’s advantage.”
To watch a video featuring Jenny and Ryan or for more information about the campaign, visit electricumbrella.co.uk/plug