28 October 2022 10:37

The RAD secures a grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to fund RADiate classes

Paul Hamlyn Foundation have generously approved a three-year grant which will enable us to expand our RADiate programme within schools in London.

The £220,000 that they are providing will allow us to reach more children each academic year, growing the project from 8 to 15 schools. It will also offer dance artists an early paid career opportunity to support the project while being mentored by experienced teachers.

RADiate provides subsidised inclusive dance classes with specialised dance artists, to primary school-aged children with additional learning needs. The project works with children and young people on the autism spectrum, those with behavioural, emotional or social difficulties, and those with learning difficulties. RADiate dance artists provide classes which are tailored to the individual needs of participants, in a supportive setting that enables them to fully engage and participate, meaning that every session is unique and fun.

Recent feedback from one teacher really captured the value of these classes: “The children in my class have really enjoyed our sessions, it has helped to improve their interaction skills with each other and work together. Having the session as our first lesson on a Monday morning helps get them focused for the day.”

We would like to thank Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their generous support of RADiate and we look forward to developing the programme over the next three years.

Find out more about RADiate.