Organisations involved in the creation and curation of BEYOND are listed below. If you would like to find out more about partnering with us, please get in touch.
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Ability (Northern Ballet) is a weekly course created for people with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Through day long sessions the course enables people to train, create and perform alongside professional dancers in our state of the art studios. The course improves participants’ health and fitness, develops social and interaction skills, raises self esteem and enables creativity and self-expression.
Artlink West Yorkshire is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation. They are arts and health specialists providing high quality innovative artistic projects across diverse communities, together with professional artists.
The Arts & Minds Network aims to bring together people in Leeds who believe the arts can promote mental well being. The network is open to anyone who in Leeds wants to see the growth of arts and health – including service users, carers, mental health workers, artists, arts organisations and mental health organisations.
Arts@Trinity is a community arts centre within Holy Trinity Church. It regularly hosts a range of arts events from concerts to exhibitions. It has a strong community ethos in offering a space for young, new and aspiring artists, musicians and actors to perform, and community groups to meet and run workshops particularly for the young and disadvantaged.
The Bridge is Health for All‘s Learning Disability Service for adults, based at Holbeck Community Centre. It is a friendly, person centred service which offers a range of activities tailored to customers’ expressed interests.
Creativities offers many opportunities for adults with support needs. Learn and develop new skills in a range of activities including, Textiles, Printmaking, Cookery, Art, Gardening and lots more. All of our sessions are fun and help you to build your confidence and make friends.
First Floor is the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s creative space for young people, it exists to engage young people aged 11 – 19 and 14 – 25 with a learning disability, through participation in the arts; supporting their personal, social and creative development and helping them find positive pathways forward in life.
Interplay works across all definitions of exclusion to create a special theatre that places the audience at the centre of the experience. Touring nationally, Interplay create a total theatre that is accessible across the five senses. This is not an artistic imperative, it is fundamental to their core work with young people with disabilities, many of whom experience the world through only one or two senses.
Leeds Museums and Galleries have nine fascinating and diverse sites across the city of Leeds, with over a million objects in the collection for residents and visitors alike to discover and enjoy.
LEEP1 helps people with learning disabilities speak up for themselves. This is called self-advocacy. “LEEP1 stands for Leeds People First. It’s easy to say and easy to remember! We do things together and help people do things for themselves.”
The Outsiders are a band made of talented musicians, singers and performers who all have learning disabilities. They cover pop and rock songs and have also created a few songs of their own. They released their first ever album in summer 2015, called “Inside Out” and are due to release their second in summer 2016.
The band have performed to a wide audience group and throughout Yorkshire on many occasions such as private parties, conferences, festivals and their own shows.
People in Action offer services in education and learning, health and social well-being, independent living and recreation as well as advice and support.
People In Action’s person-centred services cover the holistic needs and interests of our customers, aged 8 onwards, with learning difficulties and disabilities. Customers may have other impairments such as mental health problems, communications problems, physical disabilities, Asperger Syndrome and Dyslexia.
People In Action involves families and carers from diverse communities in all aspects of their services and empower people with learning difficulties and disabilities to have an influence at local and national strategic level.
Purple Patch Arts deliver work across Yorkshire for people with learning disabilities and the professionals that support them. Purple Patch Arts exists to improve the lives and life chances of people with learning disabilities and make sure that everyone lives a life that is meaningful to them. They do this by delivering inclusive arts education and ‘inspiring creative adventure’ in the people they work with.
Pyramid of Arts is an organisation which promotes individual wellbeing and social inclusion through active engagement in the arts. It does this by bringing together people with learning disabilities and associated physical and sensory impairments alongside others in the community who have, or wish to develop, an active involvement in the arts.
SKY FALLERS are a lively rock, pop, folk & blues band run by Aspire Community Benefit Society. Formed in November 2014 the core band is a six piece ensemble with four talented learning disabled musicians and two staff members from Aspire. SKY FALLERS rehearse weekly and play exciting, highly energised gigs. They also conduct workshops within the Leeds learning disaiblity community to give other aspiring performers a chance to play or sing with a full live band.
SKY FALLERS play well known songs from the Fifties right through to the most contemporary hits and some original material. Audience participation is compulsory. Band members suggest their favourites tracks and now have a repertoire of 35+.
SKY FALLERS core band is Josh Sheldon on drums; Phil Coates on keyboards, guitar & flute; Damien Watson on vocals; Steven Joynson on vocals with David Turner and Alex Gray on guitar, bass & vocals supporting.
Swarthmore Education Centre is a centre for lifelong learning, community projects and family learning which aims to encourage people who want to learn but may not feel comfortable in more formal educational institutions. The Centre was founded by members of the Quaker movement in 1909 with the aim of including and involving people in learning activities and making sure that people were treated with equality and respect.
Tenfold supports voluntary sector organisations who work with and for people with learning disabilities in Leeds. Tenfold’s aim is to work with, and support, members to bring about positive change in the lives of learning disabled people.
The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art and learning based in Leeds.
Ultimate Thunder are a Leeds based heavy metal band. They started around 4 years ago and they play all original material that they write on a weekly basis. Four of the members happen to have a learning disability and they aim to empower other people with disabilities and encourage them to get involved with music or anything creative. Ultimate Thunder are supported by Pyramid of Arts, who provide a tutor and rehearsal space for the band.
YAMSEN:SpeciallyMusic is a charity dedicated to providing high quality musical activities for children and adults with additional needs in the Yorkshire region . It provides regular music workshops, runs 4 choirs, organises concerts large and small and annual multi-sensory music days. It runs a programme of staff training and conferences and has an library of musical instruments, books and props which are available to members.