About the Project
Zone Club brings 35-40 learning disabled young adults aged 16+ together from across this rural area. We realized that once they leave special school, these young people have very limited access to social and creative opportunities which they so enjoyed at school. This led to the creation of Zone Club, and each monthly session includes making music, dance and film. All the activity is led by the young people’s ideas which is very empowering. Sessions are facilitated by expert music leaders who have a wealth of experience from working with special needs groups across the South West. Zone Club specifically benefits learning disabled young adults aged 16+ and their families, but they also perform publicly and this can help to change public perceptions around what disabled people can achieve.
About the Charity
Wiltshire Music Centre was founded on a commitment to nurture musical interest and ability for people of all ages and abilities. Alongside our concert programme, we deliver a range of education and community projects in Wiltshire, working extensively with local primary, secondary and special schools, as well as special needs groups and families. We are particularly proud of our work with special needs groups, which has always been well received. The opportunity for learning disabled young people to express themselves creatively and perform their own songs increases their confidence and self-esteem, as well as developing skills. This all helps them become more independent as they grow up, and has led to some young people going on to further training and jobs.