Local disability arts charity DaDaFest has received a major boost from the Big Lottery Fund to support its latest project.
A total of £275,000 has been granted to the organisation to support ‘DaDaFest Rookies’ which aims to increase employability within the creative sector for young disabled people.
The project will see more disabled people involved in training, mentoring and placements within arts organisations.
Young people will lead the project through participation in DaDaFest’s leadership groups and local schools will have an input in quarterly forum meetings.
Sam Wade, arts manager for young people at DaDaFest says: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from Big Lottery Fund. It will allow us to develop the skills of young people through training and mentoring to increase the amount of visible young disabled people within arts and leadership roles and enable them to reach their potential.”
DaDaFest Rookies builds on the successful Young DaDaFest programme, which saw over 2,500 young people participate in a wide variety of events and projects.
Jordan Connerty, DaDaFest young leader, adds: “This will provide young people with a valuable opportunity to gain experience and work within the arts alongside other young disabled artists, actors, producers and leaders. I’m very excited to see how this develops!”