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Art for all: the Surrey gallery that targets a hidden need

TweetLeafy and affluent are default shorthands when describing the English county of Surrey, but the council ward of Westborough, Guildford, has the highest number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the county. Child … Continue reading

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Growth of inclusive project to break barriers to ballet

Tweet  “It is the one place she can be herself” is how one parent described the inclusive dance school I wrote about for the Guardian last year. I’ve been following the progress of the Bristol-based Flamingo Chicks, which has just … Continue reading

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Social work: the next generation

Tweet A guest post by Rashmi Becker Against a backdrop of funding cuts, headlines about poor practice and high staff turnover in the sector, it is easy to see how the personal aspect of ‘care’ can become lost. The increased … Continue reading

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Unique art from survivors of brain injury

TweetA unique art collective in London consisting of brain injury survivors is exhibiting its “unguarded, emotive” work for the first time. The Submit to Love Studios, supported by brain injury charity Headway East London, is a creative space in Hackney … Continue reading

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Street theatre focuses on social isolation

TweetAre you too busy with tech to talk? How well do you know your older neighbours? Do you think your local community involves everyone in it? A pop-up street theatre performance this week will focus on the epidemic of loneliness … Continue reading

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London artist Laura beats thousands vying for Royal Academy spot

TweetThis beautiful pencil drawing by artist Laura Broughton is among those chosen for the highly competitive Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Laura’s piece, Post Party, is one of 1,240 chosen from 12,000 submissions and the original was snapped up by a … Continue reading

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Everyone can dance: wheelchair dance in pictures

TweetThe Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (WDSA) celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday with a gala event at the Stratford Circus Arts Theatre. “Everyone can dance” is the charity’s motto and the gallery of images here reflects the organisation’s work with … Continue reading

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How cuts affect disabled people: “We’re going backwards – and fast”

TweetCoverage of the budget has been dominated by a focus on George Osborne’s headline-grabbing sugar tax, although it’s not quite enough to detract from the unfair deal for the embattled social care sector (check Twitter for #carecrisis to get a … Continue reading

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Play puts life with a learning disability centre stage

Tweet“I always wanted it to be about dance, drama, feelings”, said actor Nathan Bessell recently of the new play he has inspired and collaborated on. The 31-year-old stars in Up Down Man, at the Salisbury Playhouse until March 12. The … Continue reading

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How ballet can break down barriers

TweetA Bristol-based dance project is spreading its inclusive arts campaign, training teachers to run ballet sessions for disabled children and their non-disabled counterparts. My piece on the Flamingo Chicks dance school, which launched two years ago as a community interest … Continue reading

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