Date: March 2016 - ongoing

Group: Young people who have disabilities

Description: Community Focus (CF) is an inclusive multi-arts centre based in Barnet. They work to encourage people in the local community of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to participate in the arts, to gain confidence and to challenge barriers through integration and innovation. During the school holidays CF run ‘Shortbreaks’ - short creative courses for young people who have disabilities that take place in the school holidays.

The courses provide an opportunity for the young people to make new friends, take part in group activities, learn new skills whilst exploring their creativity. It also provides respite for parents and carers.

These groups are always high energy and a lot of fun! I work closely with the project manager to come up with themes and objectives for each course e.g. 3D Art, Storytelling, Mixed Media. I lead groups of 10-15 students along with 5-10 assistants and volunteers, maintaining a high level of flexibility as each day unfolds to adapt activities and schedules to suit the needs and abilities of the group.