In ADAPT, Exim Dance provides one hour weekly dance session for 15 participants ages 12 - 25 with disabilities. These sessions enable young people to express themselves freely, build relationships & confidence. One of the barriers this community faces is the lack of accessible activities for young people with disabilities. The rate of children with autism/learning disabilities was 17.5 percent per 1,000 pupils; a value higher than the England average (Plymouth City Council Equality Profile 2019). ADAPT’s engagement stretches from Plymouth into Cornwall, therefore showing the impact of not having similar services in surrounding areas, as well a need for physical activity.
Throughout the process of ADAPT there will be a focus on increasing the young people’s skill base concentrating on improving their mental and physical health and well-being which will in turn influence their lives outside of the project. The impact from the project is: 1. Improved emotional and physical well-being for At Risk young people. 2. Increased self-confidence, self-esteem, aspirations and skill set for At Risk young people. 3. Reducing the level of destructive behaviours ensures a better quality of life for the group’s members Funding will be used for the hire of two highly trained practitioners to provide the sessions, as well hire of space & external workshops for the group.
All of the team regularly undertake relevant inclusivity and accessibility training including Inclusivity and Behavioural Management, Level 1 & 2 British Sign Language, Safeguarding and Mental Health First Aid. Over the 10 years ADAPT has been running, we often receive testimonies from participants or parents/carers, telling us they have noticed a difference in emotionally or behaviour. For example, “What a lovely surprise to see my treasured Grandson has become so self-confident after attending this group. For anyone who has a child with special needs I would highly recommend the child joining this group to help make the most of themselves and their talents.” (Parent/Carer).
|Contribution towards Lead Practitioner (@£45 phr x 16 weeks)
|Space Hire @£15 phr x 16 weeks
|Contribution towards Assistant Practitioner (@£25 phr x 16weeks)
|External Workshops (@£250 per workshop x 1 in 6 months)
|Arts Awards Qualifications - @£10 per person x 15
|Wellbeing Packs per person - @£5 per person x 15
We aim to achieve the following: Difference One: Improved Emotional Wellbeing and increased engagement in physical activity for all participants. Difference Two: Building community cohesion and empowering communities by creating new relationships with young people Difference Three: Inclusivity and accessibility. We will ensure there is no barrier to participation and signpost to further education and support for those who attend Difference Four - Increased career prospects through access to work experience alongside free qualifications