Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CORONATION Street Actress Cherylee [...]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CORONATION Street Actress Cherylee [...]

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- CORONATION Street actress Cherylee Houston is leading a drama project for young people with disabilities in Manchester.

Cherylee, who plays Izzy Armstrong in Corrie, is setting up a disabled youth theatre group for youngsters to ensure that drama is accessible to all and help youngsters with disabilities to fulfil their potential.

The pioneering actress and a group of like-minded artists are launching the group at the Royal Exchange Theatre in answer to government cuts which they are concerned have left many disabled people feeling like 'prisoners in their own homes'.

They are reaching out to businesses in Manchester to help provide funding for the project.

Cherylee, who made history by becoming Coronation Street's first disabled actress, said: "Young people in Manchester with high support needs are no longer entitled to full-time care.

"Unless you are a danger to yourself you are only entitled to help with washing, dressing, a ready meal and being put back to bed at a time assigned by the council. …

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