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creative Creative Sessions

In this section you will find listings for creative activities such as arts & crafts, dance, theatre and movement sessions. For more information on each activity including venue, dates and costs please click on the individual links.

Ableweb member at a conputer

Description:

The Ableweb programme is a platform built around connecting and empowering the disabled community through the use of multimedia. Ableweb is a flagship programme covering web, radio and video production techniques, and it is the first of it's kind within the local area.

Acting Up!

Description:

Riding Lights Youth Theatre is a fantastic place to develop your creativity in a vibrant community of young actors led by professional theatre makers. All based at Friargate Theatre in York, our Youth Theatres are fun, friendly, and open to all abilities.

Acting Up! is specifically designed to offer more support for individual Youth Theatre members living with additional needs or disabilities.

Two participants baking

Description:

Arty Bakers is a session that provides customers with severe learning difficulties an opportunity to explore a wide range of cooking activities.

paper flower collage

Description:

The group makes a range of hand made crafts, including wrapping paper, woven rugs and runners, scarves and greeting cards, which are then sold.

Creative Interactions

Description:

Creative Interactions explores creativity through play to specifically encourage creative interactions to develop between participants and their support worker in a fun and easy way. The sessions are really practical, encourage creativity and are based on the principles of Intensive Interaction – a practical approach to interacting and communicating for those who find communication difficult.

Close up of hand finger painting

Description:

Creative Sensory is an art session where group members work with a range of materials to create their own artworks; using colours, shapes, textiles and tactile fabrics that can be appreciated on a multi sensory level.

Hands and voices choir performing

Description:

Hands and Voices is an inclusive singing and signing choir, made up of adults with and without learning difficulties and disabilities. The choir gives regular performances, and through the Hands and Voices Apprentice Programme, choir members with learning difficulties are trained as workshop leaders, who lead regular singing and signing workshops up and down the country

iMuse sensory room.

Description:

iMUSE is a unique interactive music, sound, visual and vibration stimulation experience tailored to suit the individual needs of those with profound and multiple learning difficulties and disabilities (PMLD) and to help improve their quality of life. Sessions are personalised through colour, shapes, sound and low frequency sound to reduce pain, stress and anxiety, thereby freeing our young people and adults to think, communicate and learn independently.

Inclusive Rock and Pop Club.

Description:

For young people with learning disabilities, 16 years and above. This inclusive rock and pop club runs every Monday from September 14th 2015.

Junior IMPs.

Description:

Junior IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects) is a weekly music group for children aged 5 – 10 who love to sing and sign. IMPs members include children with a range of disabilities, siblings and friends of disabled members and children who simply love making music with friends. You don’t need any previous musical experience and we support everyone to get involved and express themselves in the way that works best for them.

Two group member clapping hands together.

Description:

Movers and Shakers is a fun filled and action packed music group for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. It is one of Accessible Arts and Media’s biggest and most popular groups. Expect musical and theatrical games, dancing, singing & signing, playing lots of different musical instruments, writing songs and music and just about any other activity that we can squeeze in!

Music Makers.

Description:

Music Makers is a music group for young adults with learning difficulties. They play a range of musical activites including singing, signing, playing instruments and dancing.

a group of performers

Description:

Once Seen is a theatre company made up of 11 disabled actors. They perform work in the Studio Theatre at York Theatre Royal and lead workshops with various groups in the city.

Senior IMPs

Description:

Senior IMPs is for young people aged 11+ who love making music. IMPs members include young people with a range of disabilities, siblings and friends of disabled members and young people who simply love making music with friends. Music making is a fun way to build confidence and develop skills. The IMPs Apprentice Programme gives young people the chance to train to become workshop leaders. And the IMPs Committee makes sure that young peope have a say in how the project runs.

Sensory movement.

Description:

Sensory Movement offers playful group activities and person-centred learning experiences through movement and sensation. The focus of the sessions are to enable each participant to experience a wide range of enjoyable sensations through the whole body, to develop physical confidence and core mobility, and to experience enjoyable social and emotional exchanges through moving and dancing with others in a group.

Sensory Music.

Description:

The sensory music sessions feature a range of different musical activities, such as singing, percussion pieces and musical games! The group works through a number of different themes including Africa, the Sea, Summer and the Caribbean, as well as developing social interaction and engagement through music.

Soundsmart.

Description:

Accredited Music Industry Training aimed at Adults with Learning Disabilities (age 18 and above).

Want to learn how to make beats, play the drums, sing, rap, try-out the guitar, record and mix? This weekly, 2 hour or 4 hour, level 1 course can be booked as part of a personalized programme of education.

COBWEB ORCHESTRA.

Description:

The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award winning open-access community orchestra based in the North of England. We welcome players of all standards to our weekly meetings at eight venues between the Scottish Borders and North Yorkshire, and to our programme of study days, residential courses and concerts throughout the region and as far afield as Italy and Hungary. We are a friendly and welcoming group that exists so that people can enjoy playing music together. It is open to anyone who wants to come along and join in, whether they have just started learning an instrument, have been playing for years, or haven't played for years.

close up of hands creating a collage of a face

Description:

The Occasional Painters art group was set up in 2008 to provide art activities for local adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, ranging from those with moderate learning difficulties to those with high support needs who previously attended day services. The art group works on different themes, using a wide range of materials and techniques to create their own artworks. The group regularly exhibits their work.

members of the York Stars posing in various costumes

Description:

We are an intergenerational group bringing the community together and making theatre accessible to all.

a theatre auditorium

Description:

We Are Theatre is a professional theatre company that aims to make theatre accessible for all. Part of our work involves running performance member lead theatre groups for adults with disabilities. Volunteers play a vital role in working within our sessions and supporting the members during the rehearsals and performances. This is not a care role however, as that aspect is undertaken by members own support staff. Volunteers roles can vary but can include welcoming the members upon arrival and engaging in conversation about their week. Running the tuck shop. Supporting members getting on and off stage at the right time. Aiding members to develop character ideas and song choices for the performances. Working backstage during the performances (3 a year). Those with skills in dance or theatre may wish to aid in warm-ups and cool downs during sessions.

York Mind

Description:

York Mind Creative Crafts Group supports people with mental health issues to learn new craft and art skills including sewing, cross stitch, knitting, embroidery, art activities, jewellery making, decorating cards and feltwork.