Project information

Orpheus Centre Bursary Fund

At the Orpheus Centre we work with young disabled adults, promoting independence and self confidence through the performing arts. Our project is to build a bursary fund to enable students who cannot obtain sufficient social services or other funding to access our high quality programme.

February 2013 - February 2016

Charity information


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  • Need


    Our vision is for young disabled adults to live independently in the community and participate fully in society regardless of their background.

    There are many young disabled adults who can benefit from Orpheus and in 2013 we are embarking on an ambitious but necessary three-year growth programme that will change the lives of many more young disabled people. With cuts in social services funding, building a bursary scheme will mean we can continue to offer our programme.


    £200k will fund a bursary scheme that will pay for the equivalent of five full-time students on a three year learning programme at the Orpheus Centre.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable more disadvantaged young disabled people to access our unique learning programme


    » By building a bursary scheme to support their transition into independence at the Orpheus Centre, through the performing arts.

    Success will be increasing our student numbers and moving more and more young people into independent living.

  • Impact


    The project will mean that many young people from diverse backgrounds can come to the centre as the bursary would pay for their shortfall in funding. The success will be shown by their moving into independence after their time with us.


    Uncertain times mean that we are unsure about the funding that will continue from social services or other funders. We have tried to minimise these risks by offering competitive costings and aligning ourselves with the goals of social services.


    We will regularly provide email or written updates to donors. Donors can also attend our regular performances at the centre and our donor events to meet the students who have been able to attend the centre due to their generosity.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £200,000 Performing Arts Programme A 38 week programme of performing arts, developing core functional and life skills
  • Background


    The Orpheus Centre is based in Godstone, Surrey. Although we are based in a rural location, we are easily accessible from London and the South East.


    Young disabled people aged 18 and over in the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We believe we are unique as an organisation due to the high quality arts work that we produce and the high profile artists we work with. We also work with a variety of disabled and non disabled young people from accross the world, meaning that students are exposed to a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Murison

    Sarah is head of the Learning Team and ensures that Orpheus delivers a high quality learning programme.