The Orpheus Centre

Giving young disabled adults a voice:COIN Project

Our students use their passion for the arts to learn the life skills needed to live confident, independent lives. 60% of students have autism or difficulties with communication & social interaction (COIN) and need extra support to learn. More donations mean more students taught the Orpheus way.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1105213)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target


Amount raised




Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Communication is vital for learning and social development. The environment in which an autistic person studies has a major impact on their mental well-being. Young disabled adults with autism and other social or communication needs, experience high levels of stress. They can display obsessive or challenging behaviour. This makes learning difficult, resulting in confusion, stress, and low self-esteem. Students with these needs are often unable to cope in a mainstream college environment.


Orpheus students find their own voice through the transformative power of music and the arts. Our curriculum uses performance as a vehicle for building confidence. We change the ways of learning to fit the student, so it is the student who is in control of their own voice. Through our Communication and Social Interaction (COIN) Hub, our specially trained tutors use these unique teaching methods to gradually integrate the students into the wider community at Orpheus.

  • Thank you so much. Miracles happen at Orpheus!

    — Parent of Bartholomé; COIN student

  • Their potential is inspiring. It’s amazing to be able to see someone make a choice - an independent decision one day, who couldn't the day before. People shouldn’t be identified by their needs or limitations, and I truly believe that the students in our Apollo group have so much to offer.

    — Liz Davis,; COIN Tutor

  • The Orpheus has helped my son grow in confidence and gain new friends. It has given him wonderful opportunities that he could only have dreamt of.

    — Caroline - Parent of Orpheus Alumni