Inclusive Youth Arts Programme

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Inclusive Youth Arts Programme - Funded by Children in Need

The Inclusive Youth Arts Programme is a three year project generously funded by BBC Children in Need until March 2018.  We provide much-needed opportunities for children and young people with complex needs and disabilities to take part in the arts, to feel great about their achievements and to socialise with other young people.

All our workshops and performances are FREE to children and young people aged 0 - 18 years old with complex disabilities and needs from Leicester and Leicestershire.

Our programme takes place at weekends and holidays and we provide 1:1 care by trained professionals for parents to enjoy respite.Tailored to the individual needs of our participants, our workshops are limited to small groups of 6 young people and run by skilled professional artists experienced working with young people with disabilities.  We also host performances designed for children and young people with disabilities, in particular immersive theatre for people with PMLD by companies including Frozen Light, Oily Cart and Bamboozle.

Children on our programme experience a range of disabilities that without additional support, make it difficult for them to participate in the arts, including but not limited to PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties), Autism, ADHD (Attention Deficiency Hyperactive Disorder), Auditory, speech and visual impairments, Down’s Syndrome and Global Developmental Delay.

To register on the programme and gain access to our events, please complete our registration form here and email to our Project Co-ordinator on or call 0116 223 1425 and she will be in touch shortly (please note that Georgina works two days per week, usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

To see more of the Autumn 2017 programme click here


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  • How Time Flies

  • HandMade Theatre Summer Residency, Monday 14, Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 August, 10am - 3pm Wednesday 16 August 3pm - 4pm
  • FREE (8+ and for all abilities) Participants are asked to attend each day
  • Come on a journey of discovery back through history, meeting ancient characters and exploring beautiful artefacts from the past! Let by leading SEN theatre company HandMade, this is a special opportunityfor children and young people to develop as performers over a three day summer workshop. Working closely with the creative team they will become part of the story in a lively mix of dong, puppetry and story-telling.Leading to a performance within an immersive field tent set, friends and families will be invited to attend and celebrate the final outcome.



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  • Hubbub Theatre presents

  • End of Summer Beach Party

  • Saturday 16 September, 7pm.
  • 3 hours (16+ years)
  • An evening of pop up performances, dressing up, interactive activities, great music and dancing. Get your shorts and sunglasses out for a final fling to bring the summer to a fantastic end. Everyone is welcome, especially people with learning disabilities, their friends and families.


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  • Goblin Theatre presents

  • Peter and the wolf

  • Sunday 1 October, 11am and 2pm
  • 1 hour (4+ years)
  • Multi-instrumental live music, comedy and puppetry combine in this madcap new show from acclaimed company Goblin.
  • Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before.


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  • Caroline Bowditch and Company present

  • Snigel and Friends

  • Saturday 2 December, 11am and 1pm
  • 1 hour (4+ years)
  • 30 minutes + 10 minutes play time (0 – 1 year)
  • Join Snigel, the inquisitive snail, in their cozy home underneath the leafy canopy; a colourful and sensory world where Snigel’s insect friends, brought to life by dancers Caroline Bowditch, Welly O’Brien (both Falling in Love with Frida) and performer and musician Zac Scott, come to visit.  They dance, play, sing and make music in the undergrowth while uncovering secret treasures. An inviting interactive new work for young children and their adult.

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