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.
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.
- Business Manager / Administrator
Hi, I'm Mark! I'm the Business Manager and administrator for Spectrum and I'm here to support Spectrum's growth and development. I absolutely love being part of Spectrum and I'm truly honoured to be a part of the journey. I come from a background of 15+ years in Business Administrations and Finance and The experience and skills I have gained from this will really support me in fulfilling my role at Spectrum. Outside of Spectrum, my life revolves around my partner, my two pooches and my Handmade Pet Accessories Business!
- Volunteer Coordinator
Hi I’m Josh! I’ve been volunteering with Spectrum since September 2021. I love volunteering in the weekly classes, it’s always so much fun and I enjoy helping to create a safe space for all our participants, so they are free to be themselves and have fun. Outside of spectrum, my passion is sport. I’ve played hockey since I was young and helped coach children for many years, including those with SEND. I love being active, having fun and being part of a team, which is what Spectrum is all about!
- Training 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!
- Media and Marketing Coordinator and Freelance Facilitator
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!
- Spectrum Beats Facilitator
Hello, I’m Sarah and I facilitate the Spectrum Beats sessions on Tuesday evenings. I am the director of Keybeats Ltd, which I set up in 2017 to provide specialist music sessions for those with SEND, dementia and life-limiting conditions. I have a PhD in music and I play the euphonium, flute and piano. I’m also the SEND Music Coordinator for Inspiring Music in Central Bedfordshire. I’ve been collaborating with Jade and Spectrum Community Arts Ltd for a number of years now and it has been fantastic! I’ve met so many wonderful participants and can’t wait to meet more in our future musical adventures!
- Adult Movers Facilitator
Hi, my name is Leanne! I am a BA Hons Dance graduate from the University of Lincoln, where I specialised in contemporary dance and found my passion for inclusive dance. I currently teach dance classes within the community outside of Spectrum but I found my love volunteering with Spectrum since 2019 and I am now pleased to be assisting Spectrum's Adult Movers class on a Tuesday evening.
- 'Learn a Dance Routine' Virtual Facilitator
Hello, my name’s Katy! I facilitate the virtual Learn a Dance Routine sessions on Saturday mornings. I originally trained as a professional dancer on a DaDa scholarship in 2015 and from 2018 I started transitioning into teaching for mainstream as well as those with SEND. Alongside teaching I also started learning British sign language, I have always wanted to learn and following an injury I found I had the time to start. I have now progressed to the final level and will be finishing my level 6 Diploma in the summer! I started working with Spectrum as a weekly facilitator in the summer of 2020 and I have loved every second. The energy that the participants bring and the fun that we share in the sessions is wonderful and absolutely thrilling to be a part of. We have busted a few cool moves so far and I can’t wait to bust some more this year!
- 'Sensory Movement' Virtual Facilitator
Hello, my name is Melissa. I facilitate 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 :)
- Workshop Assistant
Hi, my name is Faye! I’ve recently graduated from Royal Holloway University of London, after studying a degree in Music. I’ve always loved musical theatre and found my passion for inclusive music and theatre whilst studying and being involved in setting up a choir for adults with learning disabilities. Being part of the Spectrum team is amazing and I’m really excited to be assisting classes!
- Workshop Assistant
Hello, my name's Poppy! I'm a graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, gaining an honours degree in Contemporary dance. I have had a passion for dance since a young age, and I'm pleased to put my skills and knowledge of dance to use assisting Spectrum Community Arts classes. I have also worked for several years with children with Cerebral Palsy; I find working here extremely rewarding because it combines two of my greatest passions!