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Mayor of Bromley opens charity photographic exhibition at The Glades

PUBLISHED: 11:05 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 23 April 2018

From left: Mary Schumm, Director of Learning Disabilities at Certitude, with the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kathy Bance MBE, enjoying the SELF: Portraits in Social Care exhibition with Fiona Robertson. Picture: The Glades

From left: Mary Schumm, Director of Learning Disabilities at Certitude, with the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kathy Bance MBE, enjoying the SELF: Portraits in Social Care exhibition with Fiona Robertson. Picture: The Glades

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The Mayor of Bromley was at The Glades Shopping Centre last week to open a special pop-up photographic exhibition created by charity Certitude.

Cllr Kathy Bance opened �SELF: Portraits in Social Care�, a collection of photographs featuring people from London communities who benefit from social care services provided by Certitude. Picture: The GLadesCllr Kathy Bance opened �SELF: Portraits in Social Care�, a collection of photographs featuring people from London communities who benefit from social care services provided by Certitude. Picture: The GLades

Cllr Kathy Bance opened ‘SELF: Portraits in Social Care’, a collection of photographs featuring people from London communities who benefit from social care services provided by Certitude.

Each subject reveals their thoughts and feelings about their self-image to highlight the many similarities between people from all walks of life.

SELF is curated by the charity, which provides support to people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health needs, as well as their families and carers across London.

The exhibition is part of a year-long awareness campaign the charity is running at The Glades in a bid to challenge common perceptions associated with social care and the people who receive its help.

Kate Miller, general manager of The Glades, explained that the opening of the exhibition has been a huge success, with many visitors applauding the thought-provoking topic.

She said: “The message behind the exhibition is simple but like all great campaigns, it’s very powerful.

“Unfortunately, the society we live in is quick to make assumptions and people in social care are often misjudged about their lives and capabilities.”

Sam Mason, community fundraiser for Certitude, said: “The people we support face considerable challenges and part of our role is to speak up and advocate on their behalf.

“Our ambition is for everyone we support, in Bromley and across London, to be valued individuals, leading amazing, fulfilling and happy lives at the heart of their communities.

“And many of them are - but there is still more that we can do.”

Cllr Bance added: “It’s wonderful to see such real photos – so natural and beautiful.

“It’s lovely to see the feeling and emotion in each person’s portrait.

“I know quite a few people from the community, so it’s terrific to see them and others having their time to shine in the spotlight.”

The ‘SELF: Portraits in Social Care’ exhibition is located next to Aldo on the lower mall.

It is free to attend and open from Tuesday to Saturday between 11am and 4pm until Saturday May 5.

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