Inclusive Summer Theatre Programme – UK

Charity:
The Theatre Shed

Inspiring. Inclusive. Theatre

Country

UK

Start Year:

2021

Run Time:

1

Participant Age:

All

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Co-funding with the ALMT allows individuals, other Trusts and Foundations, and Companies to contribute funds directly to individual, vetted and approved, project partnerships. With fifteen years of experience awarding grants and working in partnership with children’s organisations around the world, the ALMT is best placed to support you in your philanthropy.

The Theatre Shed is the only provision in Buckinghamshire locally that offers a safe place that practices inclusivity and equality between Disabled and non-Disabled young people. 72% of the young people currently involved in The Theatre Shed are disadvantaged due to disability, mental health or low socio-economic background. Many current members with disabilities and learning needs have been excluded from other activities because the organisations did not have the skills or staffing to support the individual’s needs. As a result, these young people often have limited aspirations.

 

For many families, The Theatre Shed is the only place enabling both disabled and non-disabled siblings to attend extra-curricular activities together. Social isolation has increased as a result of Covid-19 with some members having more seizures, developing speech impediments, experiencing school refusal and social anxiety.  The ALMT is supporting the Theatre Shed in running the summer project. The project will act as outreach for young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds by removing financial barriers that would usually limit access to the arts. The project aims to demystify preconceptions about individual differences linked to Disability and social economic backgrounds and above all raise aspirations for all young people.

 

The project will provide 9 days of inclusive performing arts workshops for up to 35 young people aged 6-11yrs and 12-18yrs (up to 25yrs for YP with learning disabilities). Participants will be fully supported to devise, write and produce their very own production to show case with family, friends and local community.

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