Young people with learning disabilities take on an arts challenge in Salisbury

February 12, 2016

A Salisbury project that builds confidence in young adults with learning disabilities has started its first Arts Award qualification thanks to a grant from the Care UK wellbeing foundation.

The £1,600 grant has enabled Salisbury Arts Centre to invest in resources, mentors and workshops for the Zone Club group. Now, the group is about to make a leap forward and take on the challenge to gain Arts Award qualifications.

The award, which is nationally recognised, helps to develop understanding and enjoyment of the arts among the under-25s.

Programme manager Melanie Evans explained: “This grant has enabled us to schedule further Zone Club workshops. As a result, interest has grown in the group and we now have a large group of regular enthusiastic individuals who love performing and meeting as a group.

The Care UK wellbeing foundation is encouraging local grass roots charities to apply for funding for anything from £50 to £2,000.

The Care UK wellbeing foundation is encouraging local grass roots charities to apply for funding for anything from £50 to £2,000.

“Participants have enjoyed developing their music, filmmaking and performance skills and have embraced the new challenge of achieving an Arts Award. Parents and carers have also told us the workshops are having a really positive affect across many aspects of their loved one’s life, including their social skills. The sessions are led by the group members and they have exceptional ideas for storylines and songs.

“Some Zone Club members recently took part in a youth day of activities and performed some of the songs they had written on stage in front of a large audience. It was wonderful to see their growing confidence shine through. When we talked to them about taking on the award they were delighted.”

Care UK wellbeing foundation board member Rosemary Harvey said: “The board members are very excited that the grant has enabled the group to develop beyond what was initially anticipated and we’ll be following their success with interest and our very best wishes.”

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