Leicester awarded £75K

University of Leicester arts centre, Embrace Arts, has been awarded a grant of £75,000 over three years by BBC Children in Need

The grant will fund an Inclusive Youth Arts Project and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Leicester.

More than £31 million was raised on Appeal night 2013, and BBC Children in Need have since announced that this total has risen to a record breaking £49.6 million.

BBC Children in Need grant will support Embrace Arts’s inclusive practice, a welcoming place to learn, play, create and discover, open to all. The Inclusive Youth Arts Project will offer bespoke, quality, regular arts activities for disabled children and their siblings enhancing their access to arts. Delivering 60 weekend sessions over three years for small groups of six children with disabilities and complex needs, the project aims to increase confidence and self-esteem of disabled children within Leicester and Leicestershire. It will also enrich the social life of participants enabling them to make new friendships and connections outside their school.

Free, multi-sensory and tailored to individual needs of the children, the programme will undertake consultation with families and support services. Seeking to benefit children currently least engaged in the arts, the project aims to differentiate activities encouraging children with a range of needs to take part and enhance their lives.

Marianne Pape, Education and Outreach Officer at Embrace Arts, said: “BBC Children in Need has helped us to reach out to the young people in the most need of support in Leicester to access the arts, express themselves and connect with the cultural life of their city. This grant will go on to change the lives of so many young people and give them the support they need.”

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