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  • frankiespectrumca

This February half term, Jade and Sarah created an immersive, sensory performing arts workshop based on the book ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson. On Monday they transformed a hall into an immersive space, with gazebos, coral reefs, blue material canopies, bubble tubes, lights and more!

On Tuesday they were joined by BDCPS where they delivered sessions for 10 of their young people culminating in a full group dance and song using the jellyfish the performers had made on the day! Over the following 3 days, with a team of 6 1:1s, they delivered 10 workshops for 60 participants with complex and profound disabilities and additional needs!

The participants explored coral reefs, swam with fishes, danced with jellyfish, sang with a giant octopus and even partied with mermaids through different sensory activities and offerings. The workshops were differentiated for each group and we welcomed a wide range of ages and needs from a 1-year-old through to PMLD performers in their 50s!

The sessions were free and funded by Central Beds Council and took place at The Chiltern School in Houghton Regis. We thank them both for their support in making these sessions happen and look forward to working with them again in the future.

The feedback from participants and parent/carers has highlighted even further just how important sessions like this are! Have a look for yourself…

"Brilliant! So lovely to have somewhere my girls can come to and enjoy themselves. All the carers are so caring and understand special needs.”

“Thank you so much…for the best morning!! We had such a great time and now I cannot get the songs out of my head! I can only imagine how much planning must have gone into the session to make it so inclusive and immersive for everyone. Thank you for creating these sorts of wonderful opportunities for our children!”

“Just wanted to feedback to you how much my son Max enjoyed your session on Wednesday morning... I think his carers did too! It sounded really good! The feedback from the carers was so positive! I was so pleased that you offered something to over 18’s , it’s very rare to find anything appropriate for young adults with complex disabilities to do. This was right up his street.”
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  • Writer's pictureLottie Maguire

Spectrum has got participants’ Easter holidays covered: either three days of performance skills classes, full of dancing and singing OR a sensory exploration out of this world! These holiday activities are free to all participants thanks to funding from Central Bedfordshire Council.

There will be two lots of workshops taking place during the 12th, 13th and 14th of April this Easter: Musical Theatre Camp and Outta this World - a series of one-off sensory workshops!

Musical Theatre Camp

These sessions are a marvellous opportunity for those at the Thursday performance skills sessions or those who love performance skills but want to learn more about these workshops. They are ideal for those who thrive in a structured setting and are able to follow instructions.

The participants will not only learn about using creative outlets to express themselves but will also make new friends and work together to put on an amazing show. Faye will lead the sessions and will even get them to showcase their talent to the parents in the final session.

Outta this World

Put on your astronaut suit and hop into a rocket with Jade and Sarah and explore outer space - and find out whether the moon is really made of cheese! Through musical instruments and props, participants will create a story about the experiences of seeing new planets and meeting aliens. These sessions are targeted at sensory seekers who need higher levels of support to engage in the sessions.

Each session will have a different theme, with Sensory Storytelling, Sensory Music and Sensory Movement all available to explore!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the sessions this week and we CAN’T WAIT to explore with you!

Dates: 12th, 13th and 14th April 2023

Location: The Chiltern School, Houghton Regis, LU5 5PX

Sign-up for these sessions has now closed.

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  • frankiespectrumca

A huge thank you to Mead Open Farm for sponsoring us! For those looking for somewhere cheap to keep the children entertained during the Easter holidays, look no further.

Located just outside of Leighton Buzzard, Mead Open Farm is open all year round and has everything for everyone. You can ride a tractor, play mini golf, explore its indoor play areas and pet some adorable farm animals.

What's going on at Mead Open Farm...

Easter Wonderland

1st-14th April

Tumble into an immersive Wonderland adventure!

Take an enchanted journey through the Easter Wonderland with Alice and friends including The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts. Don’t be late to join the White Rabbit for his interactive show ‘Stop the Clock!’

Lamb bottle feeding will also return this Easter Holiday, so come along and have a go!

Complete the Easter Trail to win your chocolate egg and enjoy a full day out with indoor & outdoor adventure play.

Thanks again to Mead Open Farm for sponsoring us!

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