Umbrella Project returns to Liverpool for Summer

200 multi-coloured umbrellas have been suspended high above Church Alley to raise awareness and understanding of ADHD and other neurodiverse conditions.

BACK by popular demand, Church Alley (in front of the Bluecoat) is glowing with bright reds, blues, greens, yellows, and oranges thanks to a canopy of vibrant, uplifting, suspended umbrellas.

After a hiatus last year, the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity’s famous Umbrella Project has returned to Liverpool for the fourth year, and will remain in place until September.

Schools across the Liverpool City Region have also signed up to create their own mini umbrella displays, highlighting neurodiversity in children and young people and educational settings.

Invented by Liverpool-based ADHD Foundation the umbrella installation aims to flip the narrative of neurodiverse individuals, and instead, recognise the strengths and ability of those with cognitive differences.

ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia all sit under the “umbrella” term of neurodiversity – hence the idea for Umbrella Project was born.

Having launched in Liverpool in 2017, the umbrella project has achieved global recognition with further displays in Heathrow Airport and BBC’s Media City. More installations are set to launch throughout July in Switzerland, Gloucestershire and in over fifty national participating schools.

Chief Executive of ADHD Foundation, Dr Tony Lloyd, said: “Like the ADHD Foundation itself, the Umbrella Project first began right here in Liverpool. Whilst the campaign continues to receive global attention and grow beyond all expectation, we are proud to launch our 2021 Umbrella Project in our home city for the fourth year.

Through our work, we have seen first-hand how local schools are leading the way by championing a curriculum fit for the 21st century that celebrates the gifts and talents of every neurodiverse child and young person. Seeing so many schools across the Liverpool City Region take part in their own umbrella projects this year is testament to the strides that have been made.”