Inclusive Youth Arts Programme

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Inclusive Youth Arts Programme - Funded by BBC Children in Need: 2015 - 2021

We provide much-needed opportunities for children and young people with complex needs and disabilities to be creative, to feel great about themselves and to enjoy being with others.

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.

Our building is designed to be welcoming and accessible for a range of needs, and our staff trained to be understanding and supportive. We have disabled parking bays and a changing places facility.

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.

Our programme began in 2015 and after a successful three year programme, in 2018 we were awarded a second major grant of £100,000 to continue and develop our work until March 2021.

To register on the programme and gain access to our events, please complete our registration form and email to our Learning Assistant Hannah Pillai on Or contact our Project Co-ordinator Georgina Barney for more information on 0116 223 1425 or by email: (Please note that both Hannah and Georgina work part time and their working days vary). For general information about the centre please contact the Front of House team on 0116 252 2455

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Relaxed Performances


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  • Hey Diddle Diddle

  • Goblin Theatre
  • Saturday 24 November, 2pm – 2.45pm
  • Suitable for ages 3+
  • Ever wondered how a cow jumped over the moon? Or why the dish ran away with the spoon? We welcome back Goblin Theatre with open arms as they play live music, pull out brilliant puppetry and make us laugh non-stop in this celebration of the imagination.
  • Contact Georgina to book


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  • Hippity Hop

  • Oily Cart
  • Tuesday 15 January,
  • 11am – 11.55am and 3pm – 3.55pm
  • Suitable for ages 2 – 8
  • We’re looking forward to busting some moves at this first ever interactive hip hop show for young children. Experience poetry, puppetry, music and movement against a backdrop of graffiti-based designs, hip hop flavoured beats and the twinkling lights of the city. It’s a hip hopera!
  • Contact Georgina to book



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  • The Snug Club

  • Sunday 9 December, 4pm – 6pm
  • With Emma Fay, Enter Edem
  • Suitable for ages 12+ but all welcome
  • Come and hang out at our ultimate teenager’s chill out party. Enjoy different zones including Cozy Corner yoga, Siesta Central UV face paints, the Cosmic Club silent disco and Buugeng Beats circus moves! This integrated event was created in collaboration with our Next Gen. Creatives 14 – 25 group.
  • Contact Georgina to book


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  • Maidentrip

  • CARBON Theatre
  • Saturday 12 January time tbc
  • Suitable for ages 7 – 12 with accompanying
  • adults, but everyone welcome
  • We’d love you to join us in the rehearsal process for Maidentrip – an interactive show about Laura Dekker’s solo circumnavigation of the globe when she was only 16. We’d like to test ideas with you and work with you to shape the piece to be as accessible as possible for everyone aged 7 – 12. Come with your critical eyes and ears! The performance will be followed by a free social lunch to meet other families.
  • Contact Georgina to book



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  • Sensory Felting

  • With Sushila Pillai
  • Sunday 2 December 3pm - 5.30pm
  • For all ages
  • Wetting, rubbing, layering, rolling, squeezing, listening, touching, choosing colours: join us for this workshop enjoying the sensory properties of wool and making felt to take home!
  • Contact Georgina for more information

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