Project information

Shine out on Saturdays

A performing arts club for children with learning disabilities and/or autism, this project provides a unique leisure opportunity for disadvantaged children living in Sheffield and respite for family carers


Charity information: Sheffield Mencap

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  • Need


    This project tackles the problem of social exclusion of children with learning disabilities. It also tackles low self-esteem and low self-confidence which children with learning disabilities often have, due to their difficulties in communication.


    The project empowers children with learning disabilities by providing them with the chance to take part in a mainstream activity in a safe and nurturing environment. Given the opportunity to express themselves through drama, music and dance they flourish and develop their social and communication skills. They can become more confident, more independent and also make friends with like-minded people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a top quality activity for children with learning disabilities which will be challenging.


    » There will be intensive support from dual qualified staff and volunteers to ensure that the children receive a high level of support.

    What success will look like

    We will continually monitor the individual progress of each child and ensure their needs and aims are being met by the club.

  • Impact


    The long term changes are the progress of each child, the increase in their self-confidence and improvement in their communication skills. This may be difficult to quantify but is vitally important to the children and their parents! We will demonstrate their progress through public performances of plays they will write and perform themselves.


    Funding! This project will be entirely funded by charitable donation so relies upon us being able to source funding to secure the future of the project.


    Via the Annual Report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,900 Staffing For one year - 48 weeks
      £4,325 Specialist Tutors 2 dual qualified teachers
      £1,450 Arts materials for making sets and costumes
      £1,075 Admin 6 regular volunteers
      £1,750 Mgt costs overheads, heating, lighting etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Boshier-Hinton Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Norfolk Lodge is the base for Sheffield Mencap & Gateway, a local independent charity that provides support and services for people with learning disabilities in Sheffield.


    Children with learning disabilities and/or autism. These are lifelong conditions affecting the development of the brain. Our members will need support for all aspects of daily life for all their lives.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the leading provider of services for people with learning disabilities in Sheffield. We have over sixty years of experience in delivering this work and have built up considerable expertise.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nesreen Shah

    Project Coordinator. Qualified social worker with a specialism in learning disability. Over ten years experience in working with children with ld.