Creative dance and drama classes for young people with learning disability. Through performing arts, participants learn movement and social skills and grow in confidence and physical and emotional awareness.
Who is the service for?
Young people with learning disability in the age range 16-25.
Criteria for access to service
This is a universal service there are no criteria. We provide for all areas and levels of need.
Accessibility of this service
Participants of all levels of physical and learning ability are welcome. Our building is fully accessible. Our staff are experienced to accommodate participants with learning disabilities ranging from mild to severe and profound. The content of the class is adapted to suit the needs and abilities of the participants.
We do not provide support for medical needs or personal care. However we welcome support workers accompanying participants who would be able to meet these needs.
How this is provided:
- Drop in classes at Pembroke House on Thursdays 4.30-5.45pm term time.
- Workshops for regular participants who have been with us for at least a term already, at Pembroke House on Fridays 4-5.30pm, term time.
- Mentoring and Arts Award on an ongoing basis, by arrangement between participant and practitioner.
- Visits and workshops in museums, performances, etc..
How can I access this service?
Young people or their parents/guardians can self-refer to this service. Young People can either attend our drop-in classes – no appointment necessary, call and speak to a member of the team or email us.
We also accept and welcome referrals from professionals. We would be happy to monitor particular aspects of participants’ engagement with our service that could be useful for the work of other professionals working with them. We have had referrals from and work closely with family psychologists, accommodation providers, social workers.
For future term dates, please contact us.
How is this service funded? / Do you need to pay for this service?
The service is funded by charitable trusts.
It is a free service.
In addition, we can cover the cost of your transport to and from class.
Confidentiality and Impartiality
We adhere to the Diocese of Southwark’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies. Any safeguarding concerns will be raised with the diocesan safeguarding officer.
All other information is kept confidential. Parent/guardian/responsible adult’s permission is sought before using any media (photos, videos of performances) are used for publicity and fundraising purposes.
Useful to know
We have some funding to pay for transport costs of participants who would otherwise be unable to access our service. Please contact us for more information.
We run several other similar services for adults, older people, those suffering mental ill health of all ages. Please contact us if you would like more information.
We provide detailed monitoring and reporting for parents and professionals involved in the lives of the young people who come to our classes. Professional colleagues have previously found these useful in their work.
Participants have the option of gaining an Arts Award up to Silver level.