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2016-17 saw us come to the end of Inspiring Futures, our three year Big Lottery funded programme supporting young disabled people in London. Over three years, Inspiring Futures reached:
During 2016/17, our work with young disabled people had a strong focus on the quality of vocational learning with partnered schools and youth organisations (Swiss Cottage, The Bridge, Royal Free Hospital, Elfrida, DALO) and motivating young disabled people to pursue their ambitions independently. We successfully completed the following activities:
Members of our youth forum supported a variety of Shape events such as our joint info sharing and workshop afternoon as part of Liberty Festival, which we ran together with local partners Wac Arts. Forum members also supported our art sale and our Tate Exchange programme, as well as continuing to meet regularly to provide peer support and the sharing of ideas and opinions about what they want from life and culture - and what they want to see change.
Our biggest achievement was the final conference – ‘Inspiring Futures: The Event’ – in July at The Roundhouse. Marking Arts Award’s 10th year, and as part of Arts Award Week, the afternoon was designed to bring young disabled people into close contact with professionals keen to widen diversity in the arts and creative industries, and to offer opportunities to the widest bracket of young people, through inclusive practices. One participant told us,
Shape Arts is a registered Arts Award Centre. Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people up to the age of 25 to develop as artists and arts leaders. Young disabled people can either achieve an Arts Award qualification in any artistic form with Shape or create bespoke personal creative projects, which fully embed Arts Award.
Shape can support all levels from Bronze, Silver and Gold to Discover and Explore and has trained artists and advisers to deliver Bronze, Silver and Gold. If you are a young person interested in working towards the wonderful journey of Arts Award, Shape can support you to develop your creativity, leadership and communication skills and help you to access further education and employment in the cultural and creative industries.
To get in touch with our team and find out more, please call 0207 424 7330 or email [email protected]