SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThanks to a grant from The Queen’s Trust, the creative arts charity Create took creative:connection – its new multi-artform programme for young people with disabilities – to Birmingham, partnering with the national charity Sense to bring creative experiences to deafblind children.  During the May half term, young people in Birmingham explored drama and movement through a multi-sensory approach, which is so vital for children who are deafblind and/or multi-sensory impaired.
During creative:connection, a group of participants worked with Create’s professional artists, developing skills in drama and performance in a fun and multi-sensory way.  The ideas and themes surrounding the project came from the young people themselves, whilst each participant’s individual needs were met by Create’s professional artists.  Creative activities can improve the wellbeing of people who are deafblind and/or have multi-sensory impairments, and also raise self-esteem whilst developing creative skills.
There are currently around 250,000 deafblind people in the UK, of whom 4,000 are children.  Create uses the creative arts to give these children the opportunity to explore their creativity in high quality creative workshops, develop social skills, build trust and supportive relationships with their peers, and most importantly have fun!  Working with Sense, the national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind, Create will enhance the participants’ lives.
“I am delighted that Create is partnering with Sense for the first time on creative:connection thanks to a grant from The Queen’s Trust.  Opportunities are often closed to children who are deafblind and this project gives them the chance to experiment with creativity,” commented Create’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Nicky Goulder.  
Nicholas Vogelpoel, Head of Arts and Wellbeing at Sense, commented: “Often for deafblind people, the opportunity to participate in the arts, either as a maker or as an audience member, is limited. Everyone deserves the opportunity to access the arts, and explore their own creativity.  Drama and movement are incredible vehicles for new communication partnerships to emerge, and for children with multi-sensory impairments to tell stories in new, non-verbal ways.  There are so many benefits to taking part in participatory arts workshops – increasing confidence, communication skills, making friends, trying new things, and most importantly having fun!”