The Charitable Trust helped hundreds of children
and young people with disabilities every year, but the facts are that there are over 800,000 children in the UK who would benefit from our help.
In order to widen our community and continue helping as many children as possible, the Charity needed a new brand which was simpler, stronger and not to be confused with any other commercial businesses in the market place with a similar name.
'The Performing Arts Children's Charity' is now the charity's new name
. This new name lets the Charity stand apart with it's endeavours in teaching children with disabilities to develop into strong, self-confidence and independent members of the community through the use of the performing arts.
The Performing Arts Children's Charity is a memorable name which will not just reinforce our presence as a charity but will also become the organisation that parents turn to first when looking for help with their special needs children.
We want our children and their success stories to be more powerful than ever before, all our children with disabilities are different, but they have the satisfaction of knowing they are not alone.
Through the use of our unique programme The Performing Arts Children's Charity gives disabled children and young people the opportunity to achieve greater independence and live more fulfilled lives. Using the performing arts (drama, music and movement), the spontaneity and sense of fun generated within the group encourages the children to participate in creative self-expression.
We operate at eight locations in the United Kingdom and over the school year we run ten classes a term for three terms. The classes are held weekly during term time and every class begins with the children forming a circle; here they are encouraged to share something about the past week and feel the strength and support of the group - a group in which their own personal contribution is valued and in turn the dynamic of the group is honoured. Our skilful teachers and teacher's assistants allow each child to find their own space, work at their own pace, and blossom within the safe environment that they create.
We use drama, music and movement exercises to build skills that have many positive benefits for the children. Additionally, the teachers have the children work on group pieces that are the basis for a performance at the end of term, so that the children's parents and families can see the results of all the hard work.
There is much research that concludes that performing together in a group can act as a bridge for children with disabilities to achieve levels of self confidence and self esteem that would be impossible in isolation. There are benefits across the spectrum of disabilities and the feedback that we receive from the children's' families confirms this fact.
The Performing Arts Children's Charity's responsibility to the children's wellbeing and safety is of highest priority. At all times we are aware of the ethical and legal framework that protects the vulnerable young people in our care, and all our classes fully comply with government regulations and guidelines for up-to-date Child Protection.