What we've been up to this month: 

We’re delighted to tell Raise Your Hands’ members about our new project, changing:minds, which we ran for the first time in May. changing:minds worked with over 100 children with disabilities and special educational needs from five schools in Harrow, north-west London, bringing them together for an epic showcase at Harrow Arts Centre. The children performed their original music and drama pieces and exhibited the costumes and visual art that they had created with our professional artists. A speech from the Mayor of Harrow made the day even more special.
 
May and June also found us exploring sculpture and photography with young carers in Birmingham and London, and creating music and stories with young patients in hospitals and hospices in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey.
 
Another project, creative:connection, brought together south London pupils from The Livity School (a primary school for children with special educational needs and disabilities) and the mainstream Henry Cavendish Primary School to make ceramics. Rowan (9) at Henry Cavendish told us about her experience on the project:
 
“We’ve been making Aztec things out of clay and then painting them in different colours. I liked it because we were drawing things and then painting them and doing a mix of the two things. At our school we do clay, but we’ve been doing a lot more here, and I like trying out new techniques. And we’ve been helping people from The Livity School to do it as well.
 
“In the first week I was quite frightened because I had never worked with someone from The Livity School but then when the weeks went by I started to understand and find it easier to help them. I thought it was really fun getting to know each other and working with different people. I think it’s quite nice to mix different children together because it helps them make new friends. It’s good that people get an opportunity to bond with and learn about people who have disabilities and I think it’s good that we’ve been given the opportunity to do stuff with them.”

Also in May and June …

  • Our new changing:minds project got some great coverage in Able Magazine
  • We relaunched our Instagram with a fresh new look – check it out!
  • Our Chief Executive, Nicky Goulder, spoke to Little Black Book about how the creative industries are helping us empower disadvantaged people
  • On International Children’s Day on 1 June, BBC Children in Need shared a short film about Abi, a young carer we work with who cares for her older brother