Project information

Animation Autism

Animation Autism offers film making workshops for children who have learning difficulties. Participants struggle to communicate in a coherent way and experience feelings of isolation as a result.Our project aims to develop confidence in participants and understanding from the wider public.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information

Chapter (Cardiff) Ltd

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  • Need


    Chapter is home to many organisations working to support individuals with learning difficulties. Many simply use our Hires spaces for meetings but Chapter is keen to better integrate these individuals into wider activities in the Centre. Animation Autism offers us this opportunity. The people who participate find communication difficult and frustrating and, as a result, experience physical and spiritual isolation.


    Animation Autism opens up a way of communicating using film as a means to do so. With support, participants will use reasoning and logic to approach ways of working and will look to explore and understand emotional responses, raise self-esteem and create a greater sense of confidence and responsibility. Teamwork, shared experience, collaborative thinking and sharing of ideas that this kind of project will stimulate will be a real and tangible immediate and on-going benefit.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    An increase in the well-being and happiness of the people who participate.


    » Four 10 week film making courses a year which will encourage teamwork and will build confidence which will benefit other areas of participant's lives.

    An effective demonstration will be if participants feel comfortable attending and contributing to workshops. Individuals will be supported and assessed throughout.

    Aim 2

    An understanding of how the cultural sector can be useful for people with learning difficulties.


    » Carers and specialist organisations/charities will be invited to the final screening of the work and we will share our evaluation on completion.

    If successful we would anticipate that our project is used as a model of best practice and adopted by others.

    Aim 3

    Change in public perception of people with learning difficulties


    » All work produced through the project to be shown publicly in the Chapter CInema and political bodies and funders invited to view.

    Greater recognition of the project and improvement in levels of funding support from public bodies allowing the initiative to develop.

  • Impact


    Long term benefits will include the development of expression that can be applied not only to this particular project and process but in other areas of their lives. The project will also offer the participants a new mode for self-expression in a digital literacy, which is often the choice of reception of a younger generation.

    Furthermore we envisage this project contributing to the establishment of Chapter as a centre of excellence for education work with disadvantaged individuals.


    The young people with who we will be working all have special learning needs including Aspergers syndrome and varying levels of autism. Some will feel immediately comfortable participating but others may have more challenging needs. All project staff are highly experienced in working with individuals with learning difficulties and we will involve carers and parents at all stages of the project to ensure each participant benefits to their full potential.


    At the start of the project funders will be given details on dates of workshops and numbers participating. At the 5 week stage funders will receive a progress report and at the end of the project will receive a full evaluation report and will be invited to a public screening of the work produced.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,176

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,536 Equipment iPads/Digital Cameras (ipads are particularly beneficial within the autistic community for learning)
      £870 Materials £750 Playdough / Pens / Paper etc / £120 Whiteboards x 6
      £2,750 Workshop Leader Fees for four 10 week sessions (2 for 2 different age groups)
      £1,570 Workshop Assistant Fees for four 10 week sessions (2 for 2 different age groups)
      £1,250 Administration Office Administration
      £1,200 Room Hire Workshop space

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    BBC Children in Need £3,450 Guaranteed
    Chapter Own Funds £6,726 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Canton in Cardiff is a residential area with an ethnically diverse community. Chapter is the largest cultural and community centre in the area attracting approximately 800,000 people to the locality each year. In addition to our artistic programme, at Chapter we offer activities for a wide range of ages and communities. These include baby massage classes, workshops for dementia sufferers, dance classes as well as jazz sessions and food festivals.


    The project will be promoted to areas in and around Cardiff, including two Communities First areas - Ely & Caerau and Riverside & Grangetown which are local to Chapter. Animation Autism is the only activity of its kind in the city. Two different age groups can take part in Animation Autism; 5 to 9 year olds and 10 to 14 year olds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Chapter has a strong track record in managing projects for disadvantaged individuals and as a venue we were recently named as one of the most tolerant spaces in the city for young adults with learning difficulties (research carried out by Demos). In addition to Animation Autism, we run a regular film programme which provides screenings for children with severe learning disabilities and due to the success of this scheme there has been demand for other activities to take place in Chapter.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ben Dean

    Ben is one of Chapter's workshop leaders and a film-maker who has worked for the last 5 years with children with learning difficulties.