Spectrum Community Arts Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation providing performing arts workshops for people with disabilities and additional needs. Spectrum was founded in January 2017 by Jade and now she delivers weekly out of school clubs and bespoke workshop programmes for Special Schools, SEND departments within mainstream schools, charities, adult day services and other organisations.
Here at Spectrum Community Arts our aim is to enable participants to develop their self-esteem and self-expression in a safe, encouraging environment. We strongly believe that the performing arts is a fun and exciting way to do this and a perfect platform to nurture and develop individual skills and abilities.
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Jade has planned and facilitated an extensive range of performing arts workshops across the UK and abroad for all age groups and abilities since 2011. After graduating with a 1st class degree in Drama & Performance and English Language & Linguistics, she went on to perform and create multi-sensory theatre productions and understudied for Frozen Light Theatre in 2017. She is passionate about using her love of the performing arts to help develop the self-esteem, self-expression and social skills of her participants.
Jade founded Spectrum CA in 2017, developed it into a not-for-profit company in 2019 and currently is the lead facilitator and director.
“Having the opportunity to encourage and support people, watching them grow in confidence and self-esteem, is truly rewarding! Through participation in the theatrical arts, whole new channels of communication can be opened up for many people with SEND, potentially giving them opportunity to break down physical, social and emotional barriers.” - Jade Cook
Meet The Team!
While it is likely to be Jade leading your workshop, she can't do it all alone! In our weekly clubs Jade is supported by an assistant and at least 3 DBS checked volunteers in purple tops! Behind the scenes, Spectrum has a board of directors and an admin assistant. Meet our assistants and directors below:
Hi, I am Graham. As well as a director for Spectrum I am also Jades dad, so have been involved since the early days. I love the passion all the team show for Spectrum and am proud to be involved. Outside of Spectrum I am a saxophonist and run two local bands as well as playing with others.
Hi, I'm Sara; a lover of dogs, running and jaffa cakes! I joined Spectrum CA as a volunteer back in April 2018, not really knowing what to expect... But I absolutely loved it. Two years on, I enjoy it more than ever and I now also sit on the board of directors, which gives me a great insight "behind the scenes" 💜
Hello, I'm Laura! I run a Local Dance school and have a little boy with ASD who has been with Spectrum since it opened. I was absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to be on the board of directors! It is a real privilege to be part of the Spectrum family!
Hi, I'm Dave, my wife and I provide local clinical massage and are aware of the importance of the freedom to move and the health benefits of exercise.
My son has DS and has thrived with Spectrum CA, so I am fortunate to be able to support the group to continue to help it grow and flourish.
- Admin Assistant
Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm the administrative assistant for Spectrum and I also volunteer at the Thursday night classes! Outside of Spectrum I am a mum and work part time as a carer.
- Volunteer Co-ordinator
Hi my name is Elisha, I joined Spectrum Community Arts in 2017 as a volunteer! Since then I have gained a degree in Disability Studies and Education. I am passionate about volunteering and love being part of the Spectrum Community Arts family! One of my favourite things about Spectrum is getting to know all the participants and volunteers!
- Workshop Assistant
Hi, I’m Frankie! I have been working with Spectrum since October 2019, on marketing as well as assisting in all the classes! I have a degree from Goldsmiths, University of London in ‘Theatre and Performance’. I love having fun and learning with all our participants!
- Workshop Assistant
Hello, my name is Melissa. I assist the Monday evenings clubs. I am 20 years old and I currently work at a special school during the week, but I am also studying to become a teacher! I have danced since I was 11 years old, and I have loved every moment of it, so being able to share my passion as part of the Spectrum team is amazing :)