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Since November last year, the Learning Team have been delivering the START project to 21 schools from across the region, engaging children who don’t normally have access to the arts, with ballet and live theatre.
This week is Children's Hospice Week, organised by Together for Short Lives, and the focus this year is ‘making every moment count’. Having managed the START Hospices project that we've delivered for the last two years in partnership with Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa, Children's Hospice Week has made me stop and think about how the project affects the lives of the families who take part.
START Hospices Programme at Northern Ballet supported by The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts Northern Ballet has been running a project in partnership with Martin House Children's Hospice in Wetherby. The project has given young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses, and their families, the opportunity to experience and take part in high quality arts activities which they may not usually have access to.
We've had another wonderful START project this term where we have worked with seventeen schools from all over West Yorkshire.
Friday was a day of recovery for the Learning team as the START project came to an end for another year. On Thursday we had 550 young people (plus their teachers) watching the performance of Madame Butterfly at Leeds Grand Theatre and the atmosphere in the theatre was electric.
Photo Tim Smith
The START project enables young people, who wouldn't normally have the opportunity to access the arts, to take part in dance activities and to visit local theatres. “
Some of the 470 young people who are involved in the START project have given us feedback on our Days of Dance which took place at Northern Ballet at the end of March. The START project, supported by the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, enables young people who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to access the arts, to take part in dance activities and to visit local theatres.
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