University of Leicester eBulletin

European Year of Disabled People Funding for University Centre

January 2003
No 20

The University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre (RAC) is one of just 171 UK organizations out of almost 1,200 applicants to be awarded project funding as part of the European Year of Disabled People 2003.

The arts education centre, which is open to all but gives priority to people with disability, has been awarded a grant of 9,980 to deliver a project during the year.

PALP (Promoting Artistic Leadership and Participation) is a skills development project designed to support a core group of dancers and visual artists with a range of disabilities, who wish to develop their leadership, teaching and facilitation skills.

Core group members will have access to mentoring and hands-on training from experienced arts professionals, and will themselves deliver arts workshops to a range of student groups with and without disabilities throughout the year.

Steven Pegg from the RAC commented: "We are thrilled to be invited to be part of this European Year, which involves such a wide range of groups and organisations in the UK and throughout the European Union, all working within different sectors but with the common purpose of enabling people with disability to participate fully in society.

"The RAC's PALP project was chosen because it will make a real difference to the lives of disabled people, supporting their right to deliver a service rather than just be recipients of services. The inspiration for PALP is our association with SO...! Dance Company, our main partner organisation in the project. SO...!, whose members have a learning disability, brings contemporary dance to the community through workshops and performances in many parts of the East Midlands."

The UK's participation in the European Year of Disabled People 2003 (EYDP) is funded by the European Commission and the UK Government through the Department for Work and Pensions.

The English celebration launch of the year took place on Wednesday, January 22 at LWT's London Studios. Guests and representatives from EYDP projects were addressed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Andrew Smith MP and the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Eagle MP, and a selection of artists with disability from the worlds of music, theatre and comedy showcased their work.   [Steven Pegg with the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Eagle MP]
CELEBRATION: The Minister for Disabled People, Maria Eagle MP, congratulates Richard Attenborough Centre representative, Steven Pegg, on the Centre's successful grant application. 

There will be a launch event for the PALP project on Saturday, February 15 at the Richard Attenborough Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, from 10.30am to 3.00pm. Dancers and visual artists wishing to find out how to get involved are invited to come along. A light lunch will be provided and there will be opportunities to take part in taster workshops as well as ask questions to the project team. To register for this free event, call 0116 252 2455, or minicom 0116 223 1520.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For media information, please contact Steven Pegg at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455, facsimile 0116 252 5165, email

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