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Local charity's film goes national

The film encourages people with disabilities to vote. Photo:

A new film is being launched by Carlisle MENCAP today (27 March), to get more disabled people to vote.

It explains how people can register to vote, decode the agendas of political parties, and actually cast their vote.

The charity says many disabled people don't vote:

Many people with learning disabilities don’t vote because they don’t know what to do - some think they are not allowed to.

Most don’t know what to do in the polling station, and all this is explained in the easy to understand animation in the film.

We hope everyone will feel able to have there voices heard as a result."

– Sheila Gregory, Carlisle MENCAP

And the film will now have a national audience, because the Cabinet Office has agreed to fund the production of 500 copies.

The national MENCAP organisation will distribute these throughout the country.

The film was made at Carlisle MENCAP's Independence Studio, where people with learning disabilities in North Cumbria work with professionals to produce films and other artworks.