Project information

Breakout! Workshop Project for Disabled Adults

Breakout! provides disabled adults in North Hampshire with the opportunity to receive regular life skills training from a professional community theatre company, providing adults with the skills and strategies needed to help with daily life and to play a more engaged role in the local community.


Charity information

Proteus Theatre Company

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  • Need


    Local disabled adults often find themselves ignored or barred from active participation in mainstream activities. For many Breakout is the only activity they have to look forward to in the week and the only opportunity to engage with other individuals. With local support services known to be closing down or under an increasing amount of strain, there is a very real danger this group will be left without important life skills; having to fend for themselves and becoming increasingly isolated.


    The Breakout! weekly workshop programme uses performance disciplines to explore the perceptions, myths and challenges associated with disability in a fun, creative and supportive environment, providing a programme of ‘Independent Living & Life Skills’ workshops including Money Management, Embracing Communication Technology, Dealing with Written Correspondence, Who to Contact, Public Transport and Traffic, Greeting People and Personal Space, Understanding Emotions and Confrontational Situations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable disabled adults to play a full and integrated role in their community.


    » Participants will develop their confidence, self-esteem and positive self expression through tailored workshops run by specialist arts practitioners.
    » Participants will increase their confidence through role-play segments run by actor/faciliators who will present a range of day to day situations.

    Success will be...seeing some 98 local disabled people have a secured regular workshop programme which encourages active engagement in the community through the skills it provides.

    Aim 2

    To ensure better prospects for disabled adults.


    » Through a programme of 'Independent Living and Life Skills' workshops including Money Management, Using Public Transport and Communication Technology.
    » Participants will be assessed and, where appropriate, have the opportunity to be considered for volunteering opportunities including office based work
    » Participants will be assessed and, where appropriate, be supported into employment through a relationship with WISE’s Disability Employment Service

    Success will be...seeing 85% showing improved communication skills and approximately 15% taking up the opportunity to volunteer or be considered for employment through our network.

    Aim 3

    Participants will benefit from improved physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and reduced stress.


    » A regular tailored workshop programme will provide skills incorporating drama, dance, visual arts and music therapy known for their positive impact.

    Success will be...seeing 100% of participants become happier, healthier and make developments, at their own pace, through the workshops and making a weekly commitment.

  • Impact


    The project will ultimately bridge the gap in current services and become a Hampshire support activity which can be relied upon. It is currently active in Basingstoke with a pilot currently running in Aldershot. The ultimate goal will be to fully establish the programme in both locations with the ability to lever in further funding and see participant numbers grow by 10% year on year and volunteering and employment opportunities also grow by 10% annually.


    There is a risk that if this project is not fully established before funding of current public services completely ceases, we will lose access to many adults who are in desperate need of our support. The local authority's current implementation of the launchpad scheme which, due to cuts, aims to move all individuals with less severe disabilities out of the Day Centre setting and out into the community before they are ready is under way in Basingstoke and will soon be implemented in Aldershot.


    Funders of the project will receive regular updates at the end of each term, showing current and proposed activities and evaluation records showing progression (anonymous so individual's privacy is respected) and reports on any move into volunteering and employment.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,202

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Arts Development Officer 1 day per week in first year to adminstratively support the programme and access new participants.
      £3,000 Project Coordinator/Leader 30 sessions over year with Project Coordinator/Workshop Leader (present at every workshop)
      £1,500 Drama Worker 30 sessions over year
      £1,000 Specialist Dance Practitioner Annual Fee
      £1,000 Specialist Music Practitioner Annual Fee
      £1,702 Space Hire, Travel & Admim Space Hire (15 per weekly session for 30 weeks), Staff Travel (£500), CRB (£152), Print (£600)
  • Background


    The geographical make up of Basingstoke means there are many isolated outlying areas and a town centre not always easily accessible by public transport, so a project of this nature is vital to prevent isolation. Aldershot is a military town with many low income households and is in desperate need of support activities, especially for disabled adults.


    In total, an average of 98 disabled adults will benefit each year with approximately 56 adults accessing the programme in Basingstoke and 42 adults accessing the programme in Aldershot.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Proteus is a professional community theatre company and registered charity working with some of the most vulnerable in society. The company's work with adults with disabilities over the past few years provides it with a solid understanding of how disabled individuals deal with day-to-day life in their community. We have a firm relationship with the local authority, including social services and other providers, and know we are best placed to make this programme a success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ross Harvie - Project Coordinator/Drama Practitioner

    Ross joined Proteus in February 2005 as producer, director and workshop practitioner, specialising in work with young people




A Workshop with a Specialist Arts Practitioner

“The workshops give me the motivation to get out of bed in the morning and give me a feeling of achievement.”

Breakout Participant - 2012