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The best accessible digital workshops revealed

Woman doing online dance class

As England moves into its third lockdown and the rest of the world is still battling against coronavirus and the pandemic, finding things to keep ourselves occupied can be tricky, especially for those who suffer from accessibility issues or often rely on a straight or curved stair lift.

News Motability recently released an article which detailed some of the best digital workshops that are perfect for those with limited mobility, from online and digital dance classes to painting classes. Carry on reading to find out more about these creative classes.

Dance

The article explains how there are a number of inclusive dance classes that anyone can enjoy and access easily. There are several classes that the article recommends with one of them being Dance Syndrome and the other Flamingo Chicks.

The article mentioned a few names when it comes to online dance classes, the first being DanceSyndrome. The award-winning inclusive dance studio offers weekly dance classes with the tagline ‘ability not disability’.

The second company mentioned was Flamingo Chicks, a company who look to drop the barriers to inclusion through the medium of dance. Offering online zoom classes and taster session for children living with disabilities and illnesses. The company also offer helpful support for the parents and carers of the children.

Visual arts

Visual arts and the process of painting or getting creative is a great way to better yourself and also pass the time during the pandemic. The first of the visual classes are from Level, an Arts Council-funded organisation that offers creative and visual art classes to all.

The article comments on the visual arts classes it would recommend: “With a remit to challenge traditional perceptions of what constitutes art, culture and societal divisions, LEVEL’s visual arts classes are sociable, accessible and creative – and all currently hosted over Zoom. Hour-long sessions (Weds 11am–noon and 2–3pm) are held in small groups (up to eight) to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.”  

The second is from Artbox, who’s usual office is in London, but has set up online classes for those who can’t travel into the city

“Though the studio is located in London, during the coronavirus pandemic Artbox at Home was set up to keep the paint flowing. Various online packages are available for purchase, including video tutorials with step-by-step instructions, lessons on art history, and practical tips on becoming an artist.”

Theatre and performing arts

As theatres are closed, those who love performing arts can’t express their passions in the same way. These online performing arts classes are perfect for those who want to stay connected to the industry from the comfort of their own home.

If acting is something you love then there are a few names on the market that offer inclusive classes and workshops for those who love performing arts and the theatre. The first being Dramatize. Dramatize is a charity that looks to help people with learning disabilities grow independence through learning life skills within the performing arts sector.

The second of the two is Head2Head Sensory Theatre who aim to make theatre accessible to all. You can join them for online song and dance sessions on their website.  

Music

Music is a powerful media and is something many of us enjoy on a day-to-day basis and has been something many of us have missed since the start of the pandemic. Several companies have filled the gaps and are offering online music therapy for many.

“This year, Gig Buddies – a project that helps connect socially isolated individuals with a volunteer to watch live music – launched Coronavirus Fest to help to keep the enterprise going during ongoing lockdowns and local restrictions,” the News Mobility article comments.

Continuing on to say: “Music and the Deaf, meanwhile, is an extraordinary organisation that aims to enrich the lives of those with hearing loss through the magic of music. Their usual services include practical music workshops, talks, training and wider projects, but during the Coronavirus pandemic much has moved online.”

With the pandemic continuing to impact our lives these online resources are a great way to keep the mind and the body occupied, all in the comfort of your own homes.
 

To read more about accessibility, visit our news section or read some of our other accessibility articles below.

https://www.companionstairlifts.co.uk/news/the-best-accessible-places-to-get-a-cream-tea-in-the-uk
https://www.companionstairlifts.co.uk/news/ticketmasters-new-scheme-makes-events-more-accessible
https://www.companionstairlifts.co.uk/news/tokyo-work-on-accessibility-in-time-for-the-2020-paralympics

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