4 New FREE courses – which one will you join?

Photo: 4 New FREE courses – which one will you join?

'Autumn Courses' with DIY stick people jumping around

4 exciting courses – all for free and all run safely using Zoom.

This September we will run sessions using Zoom so we can stay safe and connect online. Click here to see a ‘How-to-use-Zoom’ Easy Read guide. Many thanks to Learning Disability Wales for the use of this resource.

You will need access to a phone, computer or tablet that has internet connection to join these sessions. We will all have our camera’s on so we can see one another, and there will always be 2 DIY Staff members in every Zoom.

logo for DIY's Passing the Baton


Young Leaders Group

Join us on Monday’s 5.30 – 7pm via Zoom.

Our Young Leaders Group is for young disabled people aged 16 – 30 years who wish to develop leadership and employability skills through the arts and drama.
All sessions are free.
Through Lockdown we have been adapting our leadership skills to suit Social Distancing. Connecting via Zoom, Facebook & telephone calls, each Young Leader has developed their own Arts & Leadership Challenges.

Recently our Young Leaders have been exploring ways to adapt what was going to be a live performance of ‘Circus Tricks’ to suit the ‘new normal’ and they have come up with … Circus Tricks – The Animated Version!

Why not join us and get involved with this exciting project?*

Youth Drama Club

“When I very first started drama I was very shy. And I just seen it and just joined in and I got more confident.”

Join us on Tuesday’s 6 – 7pm via Zoom. Sessions start Tuesday 8th September.

Drama Club is a place for young disabled people to play games, gain drama skills and confidence. Through Creative Arts like Drama, Music & Crafts, young people develop communication, teamwork and collaboration skills.
All sessions are free.

Don’t miss out! Earlier this year we have:

  • Worked with professional musicians on junk percussion skills
  • Been inspired by professional circus artist Rosalyne Norford
  • Created characters for ‘Circus Tricks’ – a musical, circus inspired performance!

Click here to see a ‘How-to-use-Zoom’ Easy Read guide.

Logos of our funders for Passing the Baton work; The National Lottery Community Fund, Youth Music, Salford CVS, Salford CCG and our partners in delivery You Can Youth Club

DIY Theatre Company would like to thank the following organisations for their support for our Passing the Baton work – National Lottery Community FundYouth Music, and the National Lottery via Arts Council England, Salford CVSSalford CCG and, our partner in delivery, You Can Youth Club.

*Passing the Baton – this programme has now ended

Passing the Baton was DIY’s dedicated youth arts programme that worked with children and young people with learning disabilities from 2019-22. It was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Click to see the report:

Cover image of the Evaluation of DIY's Passing the Baton Programme

DIY Theatre continues to work with children and young people with a learning disability. Learning from the Passing the Baton Project has been fed into other work such as Gamechangers and Leading Edge. Have a look around this website to see what we are currently offering or email us at diytheatre@gmail.com

DIY Buds logo showing lots of stick people in a circle

DIY BUDS – New Skills, New Choices

Starts Thursday 17th September

Thursdays – 11am to 12.30pm – using Zoom. This is a 10 week course (no session Thursday 29th October).

This exciting new drama course will support people with learning disabilities who are not in work to develop essential skills, self-awareness, empathy and confidence through drama. The Theme this term will be “Me and My Skills”. The course will include Weekly Zoom sessions and a series of Creative Resource Packs. (Click here to see a ‘How-to-use-Zoom’ Easy Read guide.) New Skills, New Choices will introduce you to new skills, boost your confidence and help you to develop lots of essential and transferrable skills.

Sessions are free and everyone is welcome! Interested? Email DIY to let us know – diytheatre@gmail.com

Logos of the European Union Social Fund and the Workers Education Authority who are funding our New Skills, New Choices course

Thanks to The European Union Social Fund (ESF) and the Workers Education Authority (WEA) with funds granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority, for their support for ‘New Skills, New Choices.

Communication Through Craft

Starts Thursday 17th September

Thursdays – 2 to 3.30pm – using Zoom. This is a 10 week course (no session Thursday 29th October).

During this 10 week course participants will engage in a range of creative activities. The focus will be on developing drawing, writing and educational skills.
Activities will include things like making a zine, practicing bubble writing and creating Christmas decorations.

The course will include Weekly Zoom sessions and a series of Creative Resource Packs. (Click here to see a ‘How-to-use-Zoom’ Easy Read guide.)

Sessions are free and everyone is welcome! Contact DIY on diytheatre@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining us.

logo for 'Community Learning at Salford City College'

DIY Theatre Company would like to thank Community Learning at Salford City College for their support for our ‘Communication Through Craft’ course.