darts secures funding to continue music and Makaton in Doncaster special schools

darts has been successful in its bid for three years of Youth Music funding to continue its music and Makaton programme in Doncaster special schools.

By Stephanie Bateman
Friday, 4th June 2021, 9:51 am

Professional musicians will create music making opportunities with disabled children and young people that build choice, voice, independence and confidence.

Young people will take the lead, designing their own mini-projects and coming up with new tracks, podcasts, radio shows or musicals.

There will be lots of performance opportunities in partnership with Doncaster Music Education Hub so that parents, carers and families can see the young people’s talent and progression.

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A young person co-hosting a Sing + Sign event at Doncaster College. Photo credit: James Mulkeen

This project is supported by Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that support children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically.

darts’ assistant director, Helen Jones said: “Disabled young people in Doncaster want opportunities to develop their musical, social and life skills. We know that by using music and Makaton, young people can make huge steps with their confidence, musical ability and independent thinking. We are so grateful to Youth Music for supporting this vital work.”

darts will be collaborating with Doncaster SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) Forum to design and develop this project, meaning that ten Disabled young people will be involved in ensuring that the project meets local needs.

To find out more about darts’ work, go to the website www.wearedarts.org.uk and sign up to the e-newsletter or contact [email protected]

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