wayforwardworkshopCircus skills, photography and fashion are just some of the exciting free activities on offer for Islanders with disabilities or autism, this February half term.

The programme of events which includes computer skills, dance and prop making, is being organised by Way Forward, a local charity based at Downside Community Centre in Newport.

Programme Lead, Lee White, explains:

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“Way Forward offers one of the most comprehensive programmes of support for people with physical or learning disabilities on the Isle of Wight.

“The taster week is a great opportunity for people to come and try out some of the wide range of activities we run and most importantly, have fun! The sessions are also an excellent way to demonstrate how we work people to build their skills and confidence to help them live as independently as possible.”

Several of those on the programme have gone on to have their art work sold through Island-wide exhibitions or showcased their outfits on the catwalk at the charity’s fashion show.

Way Forward provides support on both a one to one and group basis and runs 52 weeks of the year, including evenings and weekends.

The full schedule of activities planned for the February half term is:

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[alert-note]Monday 16th Feb – Art – 10am to 3.30pm

Monday 16th Feb – Fun and Fitness – 10am to 12.30pm

Monday 16th Feb – Beauty Group – 10am to 12.30pm

Monday 16th Feb – Dance – 1pm to 3.30pm

Tuesday 17th Feb – Choir – 10am to 12.30pm

Tuesday 17th Feb – IT Group – 1pm to 3.30pm

Wednesday 18th Feb – Fashion – 10am to 3.30pm

Wednesday 18th Feb – Craft/Prop Making – 1pm to 3.30pm

Thursday 19th Feb – Drama – 10am to 12.30pm

Thursday 29th Feb – Dance – 1pm to 3.30pm

Friday 20th Feb – Music and Circus – 10am to 12.30pm

Friday 20th Feb – Film and Photography – 1pm to 3.30pm

Friday 20th Feb – Performance Theatre – 1pm to 3.30pm[/alert-note]

The taster sessions are open to those over the age of 16.  For more information or to book a place, contact Way Forward on 01983 523000 or by email [email protected].

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