Charity launches artist-assisted project Keeping In Touch

A local charity is partnering with local and national artists, musicians, actors, and narrators to tell the story of how COVID-19 has affected the lives of people with learning disabilities/ difficulties and or Autism.

User and Carer Involvement (UCI) are using National Lottery funding in the year-long project.


The Dumfries and Galloway organisation hope that the participants will be able to experience different ways of communication and think about their feelings during the pandemic – both their fears and hopes for the future.

If you would like to take part or find out more please get in touch with CEO Kalpana Ratnam-Roarty at or 07969398541.

UCI had another reason to celebrate this week when it officially became a Disabled People’s Organisation. This means that most of its Board are disabled people.

Traditionally, many disability organisations have not been run by disabled people themselves but by non-disabled people on disabled people’s behalf.

Kalpana said: “We feel that being run by disabled people means we are in a better position to understand disabled people’s lived experience.”