Research will soon be launched following a pilot partnership involving the Theatre Royal in Dumfries, The Usual Place and other organisations that helped young people with learning disabilities and additional support needs to gain externally accredited arts awards.
The young people worked with academics from Glasgow University as co-researchers, evaluating the achievements of The Usual Place and delivering a test and learn pilot in the Theatre Royal.
This looked at the community café’s delivery model to see if it could be replicated in another sector, in this case the arts.
Some of the amazing achievements that came from the pilot included five young people achieving their Bronze Level Arts Award.
The young people from The Usual Place became involved in the arts sector through Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.
Attendees from local and national stakeholder organisations met in Dumfries to hear from the young people involved about their experience in researching the outcomes and value of The Usual Place, looking at what worked, and if the approach could indeed be used in another sector to open up more choice and opportunities for young people with additional support needs.
The research will be shared widely in the future and the findings will be used to make sure services continue to respond to the ambition of young people with additional support needs and promote wider development, choice and control.
Picture: Dumfries Arts Award Programme.