Project information

Breaking Barriers – Catching ‘Em Young

This project aims to inspire young people in schools, clubs and youth groups and to help them form positive images of people living with learning disabilities. Adults with learning difficulties will be facilitated to lead young people in drama, dance, drumming, or animation workshops.

December 2010 - December 2011

Charity information: IMPACT Theatre Company

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  • Need


    A study by Mencap in 2000 showed up to 88% of people with learning disabilities have been bullied at some point in their lives while 66% reported bullying occurred on a regular basis. A lot of this bullying tends to happen at school or when they are around young people. It is important to reach out to young people and develop positive images of learning disabled people from an early age.


    If young people are exposed to positive interactions with learning disabled people from an early age then they are more likely to be sensitive to the rights and needs of disabled communities in the long run. This project aims to have learning disabled adults supported to lead young people in dance, drumming, puppetry and animation projects. We will be engaging with schools and youth clubs in the West London area to raise awareness and foster positive images of learning disabled people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise awareness of learning disabilities among young people in West London


    » We will run 15 creative workshops for children and young people led by adults with learning disabilities. These will promote mutual respect.
    » We will involve young people and adults with learning disabilities while planning these workshops to highlight disability issues.
    » Adults with learning disabilities will be supported by qualified and experienced facilitators while running the workshops.

    Success will be...reaching 2000 young people and having involved at least ten schools or youth clubs.

  • Impact


    The project will help foster positive images of people with learning disabilities in the minds of young people in West London. In the long-term this will lead to decreased bullying of learning disabled people and more young people inspired to volunteer. We will demonstrate the success of this project through surveys of participating young people to gauge their attitudes to disabled people, before and after the project.


    Challenging behaviour or negativity from young people attending the workshops is a risk factor. We will prepare our learning disabled performers and workshop leaders for any such unfortunate incidents. Lack of interest from youth groups or young people is another risk but we have already consulted with several such groups and gauged strong support for the project.


    Donors will receive monthly email reports detailing ongoing activities and any changes to the project's plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Salaries Salaries for qualified staff to facilitate 15 workshops
      £1,000 Equipment Hiring equipment or buying materials for arts activities during workshops
      £1,000 Transport Costs of transportation to and from workshop venues.
      £1,000 Venue hire Hiring venues for workshops
      £1,000 Training and Professional Training and professional expenses
  • Background


    Our day service is located in Acton Town in a regeneration area. The project will serve the entire West London area. Boroughs covered include Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. This area has a population of 1.6 million people and is the location of 900,000 jobs.


    24 learning disabled adults in West London will build confidence and self-esteem as they lead young people in creative workshops. 54 learning disabled adults will take part in these workshops. 2000 young people in West London will have the opportunity to participate, develop their creative skills in dance, drumming, puppetry or animation while developing positive images of people living with disabilities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully been running similar Breaking Barriers workshops in the disabled community for the past four years and have been supporting adults with learning disabilities for over ten years. We have also run Young and Creative workshops aimed at involving younger learning disabled people in arts activities for the past two years. This project would see us combine all that we have learnt to move into the mainstream to address the important issue of bullying.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kim Mughan

    Founding Director, has been running the IMPACT Theatre company for 11 years. Specialist dance and drama teacher.

    Amanda Braggins

    Founding Director, has been running the IMPACT Theatre company for 11 years. Specialist in art, design and music.

    Damian Busby

    Project co-ordinator, set up the Breaking Barriers project in 2005. Specialist film maker, musician and animator.