When asked - M said that his experience was "Brilliant!" We are very grateful that he is continuing. There has been a significant reduction in the number of times I have had to support M with restorative approach following incidents with peers at unstructured break times. This has also been beneficial for his self-esteem.

Sally Bailey, Deputy Head (Referral Partner)

Key themes for younger Foundations participants: having friendships, playing, working together to create, having fun, a positive activity, resilience, making friends out of school

  • At the start of term 20% of Younger (7-11 yr olds) participants classed themselves as very confident, this rose to 73% by the end of term.
  • At the start of term only 7% of younger foundations very enjoyed working with others by the end of term this rose to 60%.
  • At the start of term 53% of the younger foundations felt happy or very happy talking to others this rose to 93% by the end of term.
  • At the start of term 73% of the younger foundations felt happy or very happy and this rose to 93% by the end of term.
  • At the start of term 0% felt very able to deal with change this rose to 47% by the end of term. 

With R’s complex disabilities she can come across as very confident but she masks really well and it can hide her insecurities really well but underneath she’s worried about being around others and she can feel socially awkward. I feel she has done really well in her group and she enjoys coming along. It’s helping to build her confidence and social skills, as sometimes she can come across as a bit in your face, which both adults and children can find a bit overwhelming. She loved her time at the Garage! Thank you so much.

Parent of a younger Dance Foundations participant

Z’s confidence has grown leaps and bounds since she has attended the Garage and it will continue to do so as she continues to flourish and grow as she stays at the Garage. She has loved every minute being here and happiness and confidence has grown.

Parent of a younger Dance Foundations participant

Response from Parents and Referral Partners

  • At the start of term parents and referral partners rated 59% of the younger participants as either having very low or low self-confidence, at the end of term they said 0% of their YP had low or very low confidence.
  • Parents rated only 8% of their young people as having very good social skills, this rose to 33% by the end of term.
  • 46% of parents at the start term rated their young person as having poor or very poor teamwork skills, at the end of term 0% were rated as very poor and only 4% were rated poor at teamwork skills at the end of term.
  • 37.5% of parents at the start of term rated their young person as having poor or very communications skills, at the end of term 0% were rated as very poor or poor at communication at the end of term.
  • Parents rated their young people 92% happy or very happy at the end of term compared to 25% at the start of term.

Themes from the older Foundations participants: they enjoyed creating and the creative process, rehearsal and performance, gained confidence and self-esteem and made new friends.

How capable did you feel overcoming challenges? 80% of participants rated themselves at poor at the start of term; by the end of term all older participants rated themselves average to very good at overcoming challenges.

Doing the Creative Foundations is a really good thing to do to boost your confidence. I feel a lot more confident in myself and performing in front of an audience. Meeting new people and making new friends. Games, little performances. I really recommend this place, The Garage.

Older Creative Foundations participant

100% of younger and older foundations participants wanted to continue on with us at The Garage; this shows their increased resilience, as some young people found the sessions difficult but still wanted to come back and participate in performing arts in some way.