Accessible Arts & Media

Hands & Voices Singing and Signing Choir

Hands & Voices choir gives learning-disabled adults the chance to get together with friends, gain new skills and be a vibrant, visible and valued part of their community. Having friends, being creative and playing an active part in your community all have a positive impact on wellbeing and happiness

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1072902)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,100

Amount raised

£4,360

Donations

30

  • Accessible Arts has led the field for many years in making the arts inclusive. It offers something for all ages and produces work of the highest standard. Just witness a gig by the Hands and Voices choir to see what inclusive arts should look and feel like.

    — Audience member

  • My daughter loves every fabulous minute at her singing and signing group. She's completely included, made to feel valued and learns so many new signs and songs. She adores the adults who lead the groups and, though she can't speak, she's very vocal in these exciting classes.

    — Parent of a choir member

  • Accessible Arts has led the field for many years in making the arts inclusive. It offers something for all ages and produces work of the highest standard. Just witness a gig by the Hands and Voices choir to see what inclusive arts should look and feel like.

    — Audience member

  • My daughter loves every fabulous minute at her singing and signing group. She's completely included, made to feel valued and learns so many new signs and songs. She adores the adults who lead the groups and, though she can't speak, she's very vocal in these exciting classes.

    — Parent of a choir member

Situation

In recent years, changes to disability assessments and cuts in services for learning-disabled adults have placed vulnerable people at risk of becoming isolated, lonely and invisible. This has a negative impact on communities too, as people don’t get the chance to interact with learning-disabled people, leading to stigma and lack of understanding. We believe everyone can contribute to the life and vibrancy of their community, they just need the right support and opportunities.

Solution

Hands & Voices will provide weekly opportunities for over 40 learning-disabled adults to get together with friends and develop skills in communication, team-working and performance. The Hands & Voices Apprentice programme will give members the chance to share their skills through outreach workshops, making a valued contribution to their community. The project will help build an inclusive community, making it an everyday occurrence to see learning-disabled adults leading workshops or performing.