Young Leaders


Passing the Baton – DIY’s programme for young leaders – develops leadership skills and confidence

A big focus for DIY at the moment is our work with young people in transition to adulthood.

A pilot project using the Silver Arts Award identified how effective the framework can be for developing young peoples’ creative, leadership and employability skills.

“I would like to do more leadership because it’s good because you’re leading and they’re watching you to see if they want to do the same role like what you’re doing…You’re passing leadership on to them if they want to do it.” Amy

DIY want to grow the offer for young people with a Learning Disability in transition to adulthood. Our ambition is for all young people with an interest in the arts and theatre to have the opportunity to achieve their aspirations through youth leadership, mentoring, or as a performer; inspiring others and challenging Learning Disability stereotypes.

“It’s like passing on a kind of baton, where you learn all skills and you just pass it onto someone else… it makes me feel happy because it’s like I’m showing them how to be – like a role model.” Charlotte

The Passing the Baton Programme

A successful bid to the National Lottery Community Fund has meant we can now make this a reality. DIY will receive almost £150,000 in funding over three years (2019-21). During this period we aim to develop our Young Leader’s programme – ‘Passing the Baton’. The programme, working specifically with those in transition from formal education into adulthood, develops leadership skills and confidence.

Our first Young Leader’s – Charlotte, Amy, Hannah & Adam – have decided on their aims, designed a logo (see above) and, working in partnership with You Can Community Club, established a weekly Drama Club and a Young Leaders Group.

logo for DIY's Passing the Baton

photo of our first Young Leaders - Adam, Hannah, Amy and Charlotte

Our first Young Leaders – Adam, Hannah, Amy and Charlotte

Click here to find out more on our work with young people, perhaps you would like to come to our Drama Club or join our Young Leaders Group?

Additionally, our Young Leaders support the delivery of DIY’s Arts Award and Leadership Projects working with local schools and creative organisations. Our first Young Leaders have completed their Arts Award Advisor Training. This means they are all now fully qualified to deliver Discover and Explore projects.

Click here to find out about some of our work in schools – perhaps you would like DIY to come to your school?

Young Leaders with Circus Tricks!

Photo of DIY's Young Leaders, Hannah and Adam explaining their idea for a Circus Skills project

Hannah & Adam pitch the Circus idea.

In the Summer of 2019 our Young Leaders applied to the Salford CVS / NHS Salford CCG Youth Wellbeing Fund. Their idea was to go to the circus! They want to increase their own range of skills and so increase what they can offer others.

“The circus will benefit my confidence skills and a good sense of how to use puppets in a circus act.”

Congratulations to our Young Leaders! Their application for ‘Circus Tricks: Salford’s Greatest Circus Workshops!’ was successful!

Thanks to Salford CVS and NHS Salford CCG. The funding will allow our Young Leaders to see a professional circus show and to work with a circus artist. They will then share these new skills, Passing the Baton, through workshops in schools.

Thanks to the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund for supporting our Passing the Baton programme. We will be able to work with lots of different partners across Salford to offer more creative opportunities for people with learning disabilities in the city. We are hoping that this project will really help DIY and our project partners to celebrate diversity and challenge preconceptions and barriers associated with learning disabilities. Thanks to National Lottery Players – It’s fantastic that people will receive support to develop their skills and experiences, and, have the opportunity to make a positive and meaningful contribution to their local communities.