Autism Together’s Performing Arts team is, to our knowledge, the only Autism Specific organisation in the U.K. Performing Arts hold a variety of workshops and sessions geared towards encouraging individuals to express themselves, interact with other people and listen to what they have to say or contribute. Presently the Performing arts sessions are based around Music, Dance and Drama.
We have developed some great ways for people to play guitar and play songs with a group of other guitarists. Participants can immediately play with the group and are encouraged to develop their skills and enjoy playing the guitar.
Interactive Music sessions.
These popular sessions encourage participants to join a group and play whatever songs people chose to sing or play. People are encouraged to participate on a wide variety of instruments and the emphasis is definitely on having fun and making some great music!
These sessions use Music Technology such as Sound beam, echo/delay units and samplers to develop an individual’s curiosity to have go and encourage him/her to explore different sounds, develop a sense of expression through the different instruments and enjoy making music.
These sessions develop a strong sense of interaction within the group exploring different rhythms and drum patterns and again the emphasis is very much on having a go and feeling part of the great sounds produced.
Rock gods are positively encouraged (as are more chilled contributions!).
The Community Choir is, in our opinion one of the most inspiring and amazing Choirs in the U.K.! Never mind being one of the only Choirs in the world to be made up of vocalists across the autistic spectrum. These fantastic sessions are a great experience for all involved and as with all the above sessions we very much encourage you to view the footage available on our Face book page to see for yourself.
Performing Arts is home to the Beathovens -a truly inspiring group of Musicians with Autism who sing, write and perform their own original material. They are a fabulous live Band and have performed on the same bill as luminaries such as Jools Holland and Sir Bob Geldof. They have also performed a live radio session from Glastonbury Festival and won Liverpool Battle of the Bands amongst many other achievements and great gigs. The band have also been featured on TV and Radio. Check out the bands Myspace page and the Performing Arts Facebook page for videos and gig details.
Dance and Movement sessions
The range of sessions is expanding all the time responding to what people want to do and experience within Performing Arts. The emphasis for all our performing arts sessions is for people to have fun and express themselves.
To enjoy taking part in some great workshops and develop skills and confidence that can be used in many different aspects of that individuals life.
Performing Arts recognize the importance of giving people with Autism a platform to express themselves and give people the opportunity to perform to a wider audience if that’s what they want to do. We have also seen many times what a powerful experience this can be for all involved -audience and performer alike.
AJ Cool singer, with the Beathovens says:
‘I often find it difficult to communicate with people and tell them how I really feel but when I’m singing with the Band I communicate with everybody in the room and am able to express how I feel. Being in the Beathovens is the first time I have ever felt really part of anything.’
We have ongoing vacancies in our community and vocational services and can offer flexible opportunities throughout the week up to a full five day programme.
Based in several locations in Wirral, our services are extensive and offer a full range of activities and we are committed to delivering the best autism support available, here are our range of services for adults dealing with the autistic spectrum.
Our Admissions and Referrals Team
Services covered by our admissions team are Respite (Take a Break at The Ferns), Supported Living, Community & Vocational Service, and Residential services.
Our aim is to liaise closely with the individual, families, and local authorities to identify the service(s) required and to support them in identifying and securing funding. We will liaise with service managers to ensure a smooth transition for the individual into the services.
We are based in Oak House and our direct line for referrals or enquiries is 0151 482 3126.