“Angus Arts helps me to like myself.” Christine
This is our special needs work. Through adventures into performance and theatre arts Butterfly Moon explores play and creativity with people of all ages with learning difficulties. Our Butterfly Moon programme is entirely adaptable, offering a wide range of inspiring experiences for schools, special needs organisations, community venues and many other locations.
This work nourishes in both directions. It has provided us with numerous learning opportunities, reaching into the full range of our work and becoming the driving force behind our other activities, all of which are designed to be fully accessible to people who are compromised in any way.
We have found that ‘play’ can benefit everyone involved in
- developing communication skills.
- learning to work in a group.
- developing a range of physical skills.
- enjoying using materials and equipment in different ways.
- developing physical and emotional expression.
- making choices and solving problems in a variety of contexts.
- growing in confidence and self-advocacy.
- respecting others while developing self-respect.
- freeing the imagination.
- discovering a world beyond popular culture.
- developing spontaneity.
- developing alertness.
- opening up to new experiences in a safe respectful, playful environment.
- offering new and stimulating experiences to carers, support workers and managers.
We offer single sessions of about 90 minutes or a project over a number of weeks. This gives time for puppet making, story making and invaluable opportunities for participants to get to know their puppets. When appropriate this process is greatly aided by the introduction of our own puppets who become key figures in supporting the group in every way. The effect on building communication skills can be astonishing.
Training Opportunities. We offer programmes for students and practitioners of social, child and health care exploring the possibilities and potential of using creativity in a care setting.
“I cannot praise the work of Maria & Virginia and Angus Arts enough for their Butterfly Moon project. Throughout, they demonstrated a real willingness to listen to participants and not be afraid to ask searching questions of each other and ourselves as partners. Maria & Virginia follow their instincts and use their many skills in empowering others who are often disenfranchised.“ Wendy Duke, Curriculum Manager, Care and Supported Education, Angus College
“I can confidently recommend Angus Arts as an extremely exceptional, enchanting, magical, and outstanding resource who are quite simply experts in their field at captivating the imagination of everyone they work with.” Amanda Scott, Principal Teacher – Multiple & Complex Needs, (Angus Council Education)
“Here we work with the most challenging children in Angus… Boys who wouldn’t normally stand being in the same room as one another have been working back to back on joint projects. Maria and Virginia are highly skilled, extremely motivating, inspirational and creative. The work they are doing with our boys has allowed them to express themselves and ‘let themselves go’ through a different medium. There are no ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’ in the work the boys do which means inclusion and diversity are celebrated. The boys really do have a feeling of pride and success.” Clare Rae, ASN teacher ESP Warddykes
Please contact us – we will be happy to talk to you about our previous projects and your own special requirements.