At Accessible Arts & Media we work to champion and celebrate the talents of adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. What better way to celebrate our 33rd birthday, than with a gig in York on Friday 26th June featuring three incredible performance groups: MiXiT, Hands & Voices and Chilli BON BON!
MiXiT, the ground-breaking inclusive pop group from County Durham, blew everyone away when they performed in York for the first time last year. Made up of both disabled and non-disabled singers this hugely talented group have performed all over the UK to massive audiences and they can’t wait to bring their joyful celebration of all things pop to everyone here in York.
York’s first singing and signing choir, Hands & Voices pioneered their form of inclusive music making over 15 years ago. The choir exists to enable people with learning and communication difficulties to express themselves through creativity and performance with many never have been given this opportunity before. With sheer joy and exuberance they bring their own mischievous style to the mix and they’re always a thrill to watch.
Chilli BON BON are an inclusive contemporary dance and drama project setup by the Brunswick Social Club for both disabled and non-disabled performers. They’ll be easing everyone into trying out their dance moves in time for the DJ to take to the decks as we wrap up the night with a birthday disco.
Accessible Arts and Media Managing Director, Rose Kent, says: For us at Accessible Arts & Media, inclusion is all about changing the way we think about each other, bringing out the best in people and showing how much fun we have together. There’s no better way of sharing this than with a gig featuring some of the area’s most talented performers. I challenge anyone to come to this gig and not leave with a huge smile on his or her face!
All funds raised on the day will go towards supporting the work of Accessible Arts & Media.
The concert will take place from 7pm onwards on Friday 26th June at New Earswick Bowls Club, York, YO32 9PX. Tickets, priced at £7 (£4 concessions)
You can also book tickets online through our Eventbrite page.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Youth and Family Support (YFS) Service recently hosted the Positive Activities Grant awards presentation evening at County Hall in Beverley. Grants were awarded to successful voluntary youth organisations from across the County.
The ERYC’s Positive Activities Grant (PAG) is a small grants fund awarded to voluntary, not-for-profit organisations, to expand the amount of positive activity available to the young people of the East Riding aged 5 to 19 years.
Our East Riding Inclusive Music Projects group are very grateful to YFS for awarding them with a PAG grant this year. Our IMPs programme is an an innovative music project for disabled and non-disabled young people alike. Our groups welcome all young people who are creative, interested in music and like meeting new people. Our participants come together as equals, working together to show that we can all achieve incredible things when we work, learn, play and celebrate together.
The Director of Children, Families & Schools - Kevin Hall who presented the Positive Activities Grant (PAG) awards commented “It was wonderful to meet the East Riding IMPs group. The award will enable the group to deliver positive activities to children and young people to help improve their personal, social, educational development as well as provide some great fun activities”
Everyone at AAM and our East Riding IMPs would like to say a huge Thank You! to everyone involved in the awards and the presentation event, we had a brilliant time.
This month as part of our We Are AAM interviews we had the pleasure of talking to Patrick. Pat is one of our long-standing participants so we were interested to hear what he had to say about being a part of AAM, we hope you enjoy finding out too.
How long have you been part of AAM?
I have been a part of AAM since 7th April 1996!
What sessions do you attend, what do you do in them and what do you enjoy most about them?
I joined Hands and Voices on 7th April 1996, which is every Wednesday evening and was held originally at Melbourne Centre. We have performances that include busking at Christmas time in Coppergate and also regular gigs throughout the year. I joined AbleWeb on 9th May 1998 and have attended every Monday every since!
How has being part of AAM helped you?
I have made life long friends and have interviewed some interesting people. I have also been able to enhance my computer skills because I have written blogs and helped with building the new website to make it more accessible.
Tell us one random fact about yourself!
A random fact about me is that every year on my birthday I go to London on the train with my PA Ann, last year we went to see Thriller the show - highly recommend - especially in a box - (not a cardboard one) ha ha. One more random fact is that I can tell you what day your birthday is this year!
Arty Bakers will become now become Creative Interactions. Creative Interactions will run on a Wednesday from 10am – 12pm and will be a flexible session that has been especially designed to encourage creative interactions to develop between participants and their support worker in a fun and easy way.
The sessions will be really practical, encourage creativity and be based on the principles of Intensive Interaction – a practical approach to interacting and communicating for those who find communication difficult.
As before £4 is the cost to the sessions. Participants will still be able to access both IMUSE and Creative Interactions in the same way as they currently do on a Friday with Sensory Extra and IMUSE.
Anyone booking an afternoon IMUSE slot will have the opportunity to take part in Occasional Painters also.
Interactive Multi-Sensory Environments (IMUSE) will now take place on a Wednesday instead of a Friday.
iMUSE is a unique interactive music, sound, visual and vibration stimulation experience tailored to suit the individual needs of those with PMLD.
Sessions are personalised through colour, shapes, sound and low frequency sound to reduce pain, stress and anxiety, thereby freeing our participants up to think, communicate and learn independently.
Individual half hour slots can be booked from 10am – 3pm and are open to existing and new participants alike. Sessions must be booked in advance.