Local Harrow professional photographer Debbie Dye was shortlisted in the National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s photographic competition (NCVO.) The shortlisted photograph depicts Harrow teenager Jamie Woodbridge street dancing.   The annual competition organised by the NCVO celebrates the work of the voluntary sector and this year’s entries captured organisations and people who are making a difference in their communities.

Harrow Mencap, provides personalised services for people with learning disabilities in Harrow, and commissioned Debbie to photograph Jamie as part of their “Here I am Campaign.” The Campaign aims to raise awareness of people with learning disabilities and what’s important to them.   Eighteen-year-old Jamie, from Harrow has Downs Syndrome and is supported by Harrow Mencap to take part in wide range of activities, placements and support programmes.

        Debbie Dye   

 Jamie said: “I am passionate about street dancing. It opens up ways to talk to people, and shows who you are, and what you believe in. I want to help people dance so they can celebrate who they are and show off their talents.”

 Debbie Dye, professional photographer who supports mental health charities and organisations, said: “I am delighted that the image of Jamie put forward by Harrow Mencap was one of the shortlisted images in the NCVO photography competition, he was a total joy to photograph. Jamie was just enjoying himself doing what he loves – dancing to his music, and my camera was ready to capture the magic moment.”

 Deven Pillay, Chief Executive at Harrow Mencap said: “We are thrilled that the image of Jamie was shortlisted. There is no limit to what people with learning disabilities can achieve, at Harrow Mencap we campaign to challenge perceptions. Our “Here I am Campaign” allows our clients to express their individuality, talents and say “yes I can, yes I do,” the things that everyone else does… so “here I am.”  Harrow Mencap is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and we are using the celebrations as an opportunity to highlight our services, our clients and what is important to them.”

Harrow Mencap is always on the lookout for committed volunteers and fundraisers. Visit our Volunteer and Fundraising pages to find out more  or call 020 88698484/ 020 84237382 to see the variety of ways you can get involved and help transform the lives of people with learning disabilities.