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Project information

Creative Healthy Transition and Living

Wac Arts Creative Healthy Living supports young people with disabilities to make the transition from full time care and support to enter employment, live independently and be assets to their community at a time when they are vulnerable as services transition from one system to another.

January 2016 - June 2017

Charity information: Wac Arts

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  • Need


    The implementation of the Children and Families Bill signals changes to young people with disabilities up to 25. Disabled young people and their carers/families have expressed concern to Wac Arts that they are feeling unsupported and fear loss of continuity in services as a result of the recently introduced Education, Health and Care assessments. In addition, the emphasis on independent living is causing particular issues for disabled young people, as many feel unprepared to fully live alone.


    Activities will help young disabled adults develop their personal and communication skills to deal with the particular challenges they face, staying safe, isolation, rejection and anxiety. This will help young disabled adults to lead a healthy lifestyle, make choices and understand their rights and responsibilities, assisting them in overcoming barriers to independent living. We aim to provide a model of best practice nationally in supporting young people with disabilities in this age group.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase experience of independent living and disseminate model of good practice.


    » Residential trips focussed on personal development, as well as sport, leisure, arts and creative activities

    What success will look like

    Publishing impact of the programme through seminars, print and online networks

    Aim 2

    Increase experience of independent living to enhance social skills


    » to deliver a range of physical activities to help young disabled adults build up their confidence within external environments

    What success will look like

    Work with parents to track and monitor the young persons development in terms of increased independence in terms of accessing external environments

    Aim 3

    Increase young people’s quality of life by raising their self esteem, dignity and respect


    » to participate in aerial arts, boccia, climbing, dance, digital media, drama, music, pilates, table cricket, table tennis and trampolining

    What success will look like

    Small focus and evaluation groups with parents and young people. A range of feedback opportunities at the end of each sessions using vidie diary to record their learning journey

    Aim 4

    Increase their economic wellbeing and improve health and well being


    » To host trips with a popular venue, which is inclusive and helps the young disabled adults to integrate in a non-specialist environment

    What success will look like

    Collecting feedback from family and young people in a range of inclusive ways

    Aim 5

    Make positive contributions to the local community


    » to organise visits to other community centres and leisure activities, such as bowling, swimming, cinema and theatre trips

    What success will look like

    Gather feedback from local community organiations involved in the programmes to monitor increased use of these facilities by the participants

  • Impact


    We will share the results of the programme widely across Wac Arts’ networks and with key stakeholders within the arts world (including Arts Council England) to develop a model of best practice for engaging young disabled adults in a programme to encourage independent living. Wac Arts is partnering with UCL in the collection of robust, academically recognised data. We are piloting our disability work using the Theory for Change method developed by London Youth and Centre for Youth Impact.


    Changes in policy around young people with disabilities, such as the Children and Families Bill, mean that our disabilities team need to be flexible to support young people’s needs. Wac Arts raises income from local government and from its fundraising activities and is therefore vulnerable to outside factors such as the economic climate. We manage this risk by placing financial management and fundraising at the heart of our organisation and employ a professional finance and development team.


    Our Big Give supporters will receive personal thank you letters explaining how their gift makes a difference. They will receive invitations to presentation ceremonies and performances at Wac Arts as well as regular progress updates from the Wac Arts disability team.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,739

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,950 Staffing Project Leaders, assitants and tutors for 50 sessions
      £16,250 Staffing Percentage of key leadership and management staff involved in running the project
      £11,910 Venue and Equipment 50 sessions incuded workshop, transport and refreshment costs
      £8,629 Contingency Calculated at 20%

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Sobell Foundation £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Based in Hampstead Town Hall in Camden, Wac Arts works in fresh and imaginative ways to support gifted young people from across London who are facing exceptional challenges and hardship to discover their talents and fulfil their potential through arts and media programmes. Wac Arts delivers activity that is recognised as ‘best practice’, including holistic packages of support for young people who lack safe and secure family environments, which includes mentoring, counselling, support and advice.


    190 young people with mild to severe disabilities will benefit from our project. These young people come from backgrounds of deprivation, such as low income families, over-crowding or with no access to outdoor space as well as managing their disabilities. Many live in Camden which is an area with a particularly high level of disadvantage. We support over 1000 young people each year, of whom 78% are from BAME backgrounds and 19% are identified with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For 35 years, Wac Arts has engaged with young people to raise aspiration and broaden their horizons through a range of opportunities to experience the richness of the arts. During this time we have supported 3,500 young people with mild to severe disabilities to build their confidence, self-esteem and live independent lives through a holistic package of support, guidance and wide ranging arts, media and outward-bound activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Celia Greenwood

    CEO of Wac Arts with 35 years exp of creating programmes that meet the needs all young people, she currently oversees all the work with disabilities.

    Chas Mollet

    Interactive officer, developing digital devices to improve communication for disabled young people. Specialist in working with autism.

    Maggie Mendy

    Disabilities Officer who has experience of creating creative programmes to meet the individual needs of young people with mild to severe disabilities.

    Jo Yeoman

    With an MA in Inclusive Theatre Practice, currently responsible for advocacy and transitions from childhood to adulthood.