On Saturday 29 March, creative arts charity Create is returning to Henry Wood Hall in London with its popular creative:space interactive music events, specifically designed for disabled children and their families. Participants will leave their daily routines behind and have the opportunity to sing, dance, take part in craft activities, play instruments and enjoy a social and creative event together. On the day, music will be provided by musical savant, pianist Derek Paravicini alongside the vibrant Quintabile Brass Ensemble.
Disabled children are 13 times more likely to be excluded from school and face social exclusion from everyday activities such as culture and leisure activities. Create’s creative:space event aims to address this by providing a vital ingredient: access. Following extensive research with disability organisations and families, creative:space was designed to cater for children with communication, learning or sensory integration difficulties, their siblings and adult family members, providing them with an opportunity to enjoy live music and creative activities in an informal and welcoming environment. That was ten years ago, and the success stories speak for themselves.
Matt, the parent of both disabled and non-disabled children describes a creative:space event: “We are always very excited about coming to creative:space. Sam has learning difficulties and sensory processing disorder, which makes it difficult to take him to public music events. The event provides a safe place for the entire family to enjoy something together, where everyone understands how Sam behaves. There is no need to worry about offending anyone or having to keep quiet or remain in your seat. It is very flexible and tailor-made to the needs of our family. My daughter really enjoys coming as well. The events are a really nice way for our family to enjoy an afternoon out together.”
Creates Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Nicky Goulder said: “We are delighted to be returning once again to Henry Wood Hall with our popular creative:space event. Parents with disabled children tell us that it enables the whole family to go out together, be themselves and have fun. It is a real pleasure to see everyone enjoy and take part in the event in a way that they can feel confident, happy, and included. We’re truly privileged to see smiles on so many faces.”
For more information visit www.createarts.org.uk