Activities for children and young people
At the Drama Group, which runs every Saturday (term time only), the young people are taught skills in different areas of performing arts, all to prepare them in putting on an annual production in December. The children are taught in areas including, drama, dance, mime, stage fighting and singing.
Throughout the year the children take part in auditions, rehearsals and finally performing in front of a large audience over two days. Throughout the year, the children gain in other skills, such as self esteem, and it builds their confidence.
They make friends and build social skills in order to maintain good relationships with their peers. The children become a family and they will continuously support each other both on and off the stage.
This project is now entering its 8th year and each show is bigger and better than the last. It has proven very popular, with audience numbers reaching well over 200.
School Holiday Projects
During the school holidays, we provide art and craft activities for the young people which are always based around a set theme.
During the summer, which is the biggest project in our calendar, the children can attend for up to 4 weeks and will take part in various crafts as well as drama, movement and team building games.
These projects are often described as “Chaos with fun” but are actually planned and designed around building the confidence of the young people and giving them an opportunity to express their feelings in ways they only know how. The children have fun and enjoy being with others who understand them. They come in as children and are all on the same level, being taught how to cope with everyday life and retraining them in skills necessary for going into the world.
Our school holiday projects currently run as follows:
February Half Term – 5 days
Easter Holidays – 5 days
Summer Holidays – 20 days
October Half Term – 5 days
Social & Communication Skills Group
This is our newest project and is set to work with small groups of young people. Each group is individually planned for and will work on their needs in areas of social skills and communication difficulties. It teaches them how talk to peers, read social cues and assess situations before diving in head first.
The children attend approximately 6 sessions, however if it is felt that a child or young person needs further sessions they will be encouraged to attend the next course.
This programme, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, will see the children using their voices to create training videos for professionals.
Having spoken for our children for many years it is now time to give them their own voice. They will have responsibility for running this project their way, with support from staff. They will meet with professionals to find out what their needs are, they will create questionnaires for the professionals, and the information learned from these will help them create the “scripts” for their videos. They will then go on to film scenarios for the videos. These training videos will then be presented, by the children, to various professionals (doctors, police, teachers, paramedics, etc) as training tools which should improve the children’s experience should they come into contact with any of these services.