The Atkinson is Awarded
£25,000 to Inspire Children with Disabilities
THE Atkinson is expanding its
award winning work with arts and health, with 2 new projects that inspire
and engage children and young people with autism and ADHD. The Atkinson has
been awarded funding for this important work by the charity Children and The
Arts, which runs the Start programme, and from Merseyside Arts in Health
£20,000 funding from the Start programme means
that The Atkinson will work with three local special education schools
throughout the next academic year. The three schools who will benefit from
the project are Crosby High School, Presfield High School and Rowan Park
Teaching School. The funding will mean that every pupil within the three
schools will visit The Atkinson, Sefton's new home for arts, heritage,
literature, music, comedy and more, at least twice across the year. Start is
aimed at supporting young people to access their local cultural venue and
offers them the opportunity to take part in high quality arts activities.
Alongside this, The Atkinson will be hosting for the first time Break the
Boredom an innovative programme for children and young people with ADHD, and
giving them the opportunity to work with highly creative and inventive
artists, and helping to raise their confidence and self esteem and improve
their wellbeing through the arts.
The venue run and managed by Sefton Council has now seen over million
visitors through its doors since it opened in 2013.
Emma Anderson, Director said:- "This
funding offers fantastic opportunities for the children in these schools.
The Atkinson is already a fully accessible venue for all its events,
exhibitions and activities but this money will mean that we are able to
provide additional activities, resources and services for our local special
school children that would not be possible otherwise."
This is an ambitious project and will require the input of every member of
staff within The Atkinson; but it will also make a genuine difference to the
lives of young people involved.
Start is 1 of the many projects being run by The Prince's Foundation for
Children and the Arts. The money will mean support for the teachers in
bringing the pupils to the venue and experiencing a theatre production.
It will help to develop new resources
specifically for children with special educational needs and provide
training for The Atkinson staff to make sure their visit is 1 to remember.
Children and the Arts engages with disadvantaged children nationwide who do
not have access to high quality arts activity because of either social or
Through a network of partners they use the arts
as a platform to inspire and enable personal and social development amongst
those who are hardest to reach. Through our work children learn that
cultural venues are welcoming, accessible and exciting places to visit.
They are the only national educational charity committed to ensuring that
all children in the UK are inspired by the arts.
For more information about The Atkinson's programme and the work it does
TheAtkinson.Co.UK. For more information
on Start funding please visit:-