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

Relaxed Performances


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  • Eaten

  • 3pm - 3.45pm, Sunday 24 June
  • What if your food started talking back? Eaten invites children and grown-ups into the fascinating world of food chains, asking 'What should we eat?" and "who should eat us?"



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  • Midsummer Night's Dream

  • 10.30am - 11.15am, Saturady 19 May.
  • For those with ASD
  • Enter into a sensory exploration in the land of fairies. Play along with puck and Titania in the fantastical forest and experience being part of this Shakespeare classic


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  • Begin in Theatre

  • 10am - 4pm, Saturday 2 June. 14+ years
  • Join learning disabled artists from theatre company Mind The Gap for a unique opportunity for young people with learning disabilities to experience theatre.

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