Transitions: developing life skills in young people with disabilities

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) is delighted to be teaming up with Coppice and North Ridge Special Schools and Hall Cross Academy to develop life skills in young people with disabilities who are on the verge of adulthood. The project, named Transitions, will focus on developing specific skills such as confidence, communication and expressing choice, using drama, music, film and event planning.

At the heart of Transitions is the fact that young people at Coppice and North Ridge schools don’t want to be treated differently as a result of their disability. Like their peers at Hall Cross, they want to visit new places with friends, go on dates and feel confident in an array of settings. They will face new challenges designed to build their core skills such as taking part in a DJing course, making their own short films and preparing two events for the public. Hall Cross students will work alongside Coppice and North Ridge pupils to organise these events, giving all young people involved the opportunity to mix and widen their social circles.

These events will take part in May and June 2019 so keep an eye out on our social media channels for more information nearer the time – they will be open for young people across Doncaster to attend.

Executive Head of Coppice and North Ridge Schools, Karl O’Reilly said “We are thrilled to be taking part in this project. Our pupils want the same opportunities as all young people of their age and this project will break down some of the barriers that young people with disabilities face on a day to day basis. Using drama to rehearse real life situations is an excellent way of increasing confidence and independence as young adults.”

Transitions is funded by the Department of Education through EXPECT Youth, and is part of the Department of Education’s Essential Life Skills programme. Doncaster was recently identified as a Social Mobility Opportunity Area, meaning that additional funding has been invested to support children and young people across the borough in developing skills such as communication, self-confidence, self-esteem, leadership and team working, decision making and independent choice.