Inclusive Theatre for Children and Young People
Chickenshed's hugely successful and popular Children's and Youth Theatre groups have a membership of 700, and extensive waiting lists. To extend opportunities for children and young people to participate, we have established open access performing arts activities within an inclusive environment.
January 2018 - December 2018
Charity information: Chickenshed
There is a high, unmet demand for our membership groups. We currently have a waiting list of 900+, particularly for our younger age groups. Due to our inclusive ethos and reputation, those waiting for places are predominantly children with disabilities and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, there are children in the community experiencing extreme disadvantage, who would greatly benefit from an opportunity to engage with Chickenshed, but whose families are unaware of this provision.
We have established accessible activities available to all, and require financial assistance to support disadvantaged children and young people and ensure their are no financial barriers. For children experiencing disadvantage and disability, taking part in theatre workshops helps them to grow in confidence and build new skills, including both specific performance skills e.g. movement, music and drama, and transferable soft skills e.g. communication, social interaction, teamwork and leadership.
Deliver open access inclusive theatre activities for children
Activities» Provide free places for disadvantaged children on 'Holiday Sheds', week-long inclusive arts projects culminating in a sharing to friends and family.
» Provide free places for disadvantaged children to attend 'Saturday Shed' weekly inclusive theatre workshops for a term.
» Run 'Play in a Day' activities at Chickenshed and targeting disadvantaged communities.
Success will be providing free places for 36 children on Holiday Sheds, 63 children on Saturday Sheds and 48 children on Play in a Day workshops.
Deliver activities to offer young people an opportunity to experience inclusive theatre.
Activities» Deliver 'Weekend Itch' Youth Theatre taster days.
» Deliver the 'Summer Scratch' project.
Success will be providing subsidised places for 90 young people to attend a Weekend Itch taster day and 30 young people to take part in the Summer Scratch.
Children and young people, who have never experienced inclusive theatre before, are able to enjoy creative opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. They gain valuable skills and personal development through our projects.
We will demonstrate success by observing and measuring the progress made by participants. Success will be over 75% demonstrating increased confidence, communication and performance skills. Participants will self-evaluate and parents will also provide feedback.
Workshops involve physical activities, such as movement and dance activities. All of our workshops are risk-assessed to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
For the projects to be successful, we would need to have at least 60% capacity for workshops to have a large enough group. We will therefore ensure the projects are promoted effectively.
An impact report, detailing how the project progressed, and how we achieved against our planned aims, will be shared with donors. This will include feedback from participants and parents, and observations of staff leading the workshops. It will also include quantitative data on participants.
Budget - Project Cost: £18,955Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £4,680 Holiday Sheds 12 free places for children on 3 Holiday Sheds £3,024 Saturday Sheds 21 free places for children on weekly Saturday Sheds, 8 sessions per term £1,536 Play in a Day Free places for children at Play in a Day workshops £1,550 Administrator Liaising with partners to allocate places £8,165 Weekend Itch & Summer Scratch Cost of delivering programmes
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Anticipated participation fees - Weekend Itch & Summer Scratch £5,210 Conditional
All workshops will take place at Chickenshed (with the exception of some Play in a Day workshops which will be delivered in the community, reaching disadvantaged children). If a space is unavailable in our theatre, we may hire external spaces to deliver workshops in our local area.
All participants offered free places on Saturday and Holiday Sheds and Play in a Day workshops will be disadvantaged. Primarily we will target children experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, and we will also have places available for Young Carers and Looked After Children.
Participants in the Weekend Itch and Summer Scratch will be from a range of backgrounds, including those with disabilities and additional needs.
Chickenshed have been delivering participatory performing arts activities for over four decades, using our unique inclusive model that ensures all activities are accessible to everyone, regardless of ability or need. We achieve this through high staffing ratios, and peer support. Within every workshop, we always have a group of older peers who take part in the workshop alongside participants, and provide support and guidance for anyone who needs extra help to be included.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Matt is Head of Membership, and has 20 years experience of delivering inclusive theatre workshops with children and young people at Chickenshed.
Robin is Youth Theatre Programme Manager and is an inspiring Director working with young people to help them have their voices heard through theatre.
Charlotte is the Children's Theatre Programme Manager and is an expert in using inclusion and theatre to help children's development.