European Year of Disabled People Funding for University Centre
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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
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
CELEBRATION: The Minister for Disabled People, Maria Eagle MP, congratulates Richard Attenborough Centre representative, Steven Pegg, on the Centre's successful grant application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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