Arts career boost for Croydon teens


By - Tuesday 2nd December, 2014

Club Soda, in partnership with Croydon Council, has been successful in securing £16,500 funding from the Department of Health for a project approved under the Autism Innovation Fund. 


Joe Bowen on stage.
Photo by Club Soda, used with permission.

Release begins: A council-funded project has won a £16,500 grant to give Croydon children with autism expert training towards a career in the entertainment industry.

 Club Soda has won Department of Health funding to train up to 30 young people with autism in career-boosting skills from lighting and stage management to film-making and arts administration. One of just 42 successful bids nationwide, the scheme will see Club Soda staff and associate artists train the youngsters aged 16 to 19 from January to June next year.

 The teenagers will get to showcase their new skills by working on public performances, including Soda Beat at Matthews Yard in February and at a new event at Fairfield Halls in March called SoDaDa. They will also do work experience placements at Croydon Clocktower.

 The project intends to build on links with the Croydon Learning Disabilities Partnership to provide further training and employment opportunities for young people with autism. Club Soda’s partners who are supporting the project include St Giles School, Priory School and Bensham Manor School who have pupils that will take part in the scheme.

 Councillor Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for children, families & learning, said: “The council funds Club Soda to give young people with learning difficulties a platform to develop their artistic skills and self-expression, so this extra funding is great for them and their future job prospects.”

 Club Soda is a non-profit making social enterprise based in Croydon and its inclusive programmes consist of regular live events, weekly workshops, ongoing projects and specialist groups.

 The grant comes from the Department of Health’s £1 million autism innovation fund.

 Release ends.

Release provider: Club Soda Croydon.

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