Working with young people with learning disabilities

Photo: Arts in the box

DIY runs a range of projects and workshops with children and young people with learning disabilities. DIY has extensive experience of running Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Arts Award projects with young people which open up new opportunities for young people with learning disabilities to:

  • Gain an Arts Award
  • Gain leadership and creative skills
  • Develop life skills such as communication and decision-making
  • Increase confidence, sense of achievement and ambition
  • Evidence and celebrate achievements

From 2011 to 2013 we ran “Leading it our Way” during which DIY Friday Group members ran a total of ten Bronze and Silver Arts Award projects with young people with learning disabilities aged between 11 and 25 from across Greater Manchester.

Link to Leading it Our Way booklet

Since then we have run over thirty partnership projects with Special Schools and informal education organisations, worked with over three hundred young people with learning disabilities from across the region, and used the case studies to develop training for a range of organisations.

What young people say about DIY’s projects with young people with learning disabilities:

I would like to do more drama because I’ve become more confident. When I very first started drama I was very shy. And I just seen it and I just joined in and I got more confident.

I get making new friends and learning new skills, like how to communicate with people that have different disabilities and how to work with people that might find drama a little bit hard.

I’d like to do more drama because it can help people through if they’re having a bad day or if they just want to look at situations where they might find it hard in their day to day life.