Uplifting original songs about summer and Mexican food, and covers of popular songs are on the set list for local Ballarat band, The Sugar Bells when they play at the Having a Say Conference in Geelong for an audience of 1,200 people.

The Sugar Bells is made up of 18 young adults living with a range of disabilities, who attend Scope Bakery Hill Day and Lifestyle Options.

The Sugar Bells have previously played at Ballarat’s SNAP music festival, a black tie awards night at Etihad Stadium and at Ballarat Rockers’ Supperdance.

Alan Drinkall, aged 21, singer and percussionist in The Sugar Bells says the performance is a huge opportunity for The Sugar Bells.

‘I love travelling to perform and it’s so exciting that people all across Victoria listen to the music we wrote! I’m especially excited to perform the songs about Mexican food,’ exclaimed Alan.

‘I’m pretty nervous, but very, very excited. It’s going to be lots of fun!’

Scope General Manager Anne Cox says through participation, band members have improved emotional wellbeing and self-esteem.

‘The self-confidence of the band members has grown tremendously. From being timid about performing in front of their own band members to playing in front of a thousand people, that leap is enormous,’ said Anne.

‘We’ve also seen noticeable growth in their relaxation, participation and mood. Even picking what song they want to practice during our band sessions has paved the way for them to make empowered choices and decisions in other areas of their lives.’

The Having a Say Conference is Victoria’s largest conference on self-advocacy for people living with disability. It will be held at Deakin Waterfront Campus, Warrun Ponds between the February 8th-10th.

About Scope

Scope’s mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen.

We support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities and developmental delays to achieve their goals.

Across Victoria, Scope provides services to over 6,000 people with a disability across more than 100 service locations.

Scope also works with corporate and community organisations to improve inclusiveness for people with a disability.

Scope’s foundations stretch back to 1948, when a group of parents who wanted better lives and options for their children with disabilities established the Spastic Children’s Society of Victoria.

Scope acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

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Ai-Lin Chang
Media Relations Coordinator
T: 03 9843 2086
E: achang@scopeaust.org.au

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