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).

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Relaxed Performances


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  • Isle of Brimsker

  • Frozen Light
  • Saturday 15 September, 11am - 12pm and 1.30pm - 2.30pm for those with PMLD
  • Recommended age 13+
  • A new multi-sensory story of adventure and homecoming from Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.
  • A lighthouse keeper lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Duty bound to maintain the light that guides boats away from danger, she lives a solitary existence. One day a runaway land on the shore, together they face the inevitable. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects.
  • Contact Hannah for more information



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  • Family Extravaganza

  • Saturday 29 September, 11am - 2pm
  • Free for all the family
  • Join our musical family celebration as we create new sounds and rhythms with Leicester’s reggae soul artist Mellow Baku, in response to our vibrant exhibition by Yinka Shonibare. Take a tour of our galleries, get creative and spend quality time together at our inclusive, supportive event.
  • Contact Hannah for more information


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  • Clowning Workshop

  • Award winning comedian Helen Duff
  • Saturday 13 October, 10am - 12.30pm.
  • For all ages and abilities
  • An invitation to children of all ages to sing, dance and wholeheartedly clown around in a supportive, super-silly play space.
  • Helen’s practice is focused on creating a collaborative play space where individuals feel free to find pleasure in their own creativity, with an emphasis on inclusive learning and embodied play.
  • Contact Hannah for more information
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  • Sensory Felting

  • With Sushila Pillai
  • Tuesday 16 October, 10am - 12.30pm
  • Fro all ages
  • This half-term, explore different textures, colours and methods in this fun, feely-felting workshop.
  • Contact Hannah for more information

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