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We are passionate about making sure that every child gets the chance to enjoy the arts, and that’s why we’re working with children and young in Derby, who may be facing barriers to engaging with the arts. Many of the people we reach have their first experience of dance through a Déda workshop or class. We’re using dance and circus as a tool for learning, developing new skills, raising aspirations, empowerment and creating opportunities in Derby. Prior to the pandemic, we were able to work with over 16,500 children and young people over the course of a year, through this work.

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  • £5 can enable a young person to access a class or workshop.
  • £20 can provide a class or afterschool group with the equipment and resources needed to enhance their creative session.
  • £50 could allow 5 children and a teacher to experience a professional arts performance for the first time.

‘Children from low income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree’ Arts Council England

Your donations really do make a difference. Thank you.

"It was fun to do lots of different activity because we don’t usually get to do things like this"

Start – Déda is working with three primary schools in Derby delivering an in-depth arts experience to improve social mobility and embed the arts into their school curriculum. Over three years we have engaged with over 1,000 children and young people, embedded arts into the school’s curriculum and supported two of the schools to achieve Gold Artsmark.

“I can achieve more than I thought I could. I’ll never stop doing creative things...”

STEAM - We are working with Rolls-Royce STEM Ambassadors, circus artist Matt Pang and Choreographer Joss Arnott Dance to engage school children in STEM subjects using the Arts. This project will increase attainment levels in primary schools in disadvantaged areas of Derby. This project is supported by a Royal Academy of Engineering grant.

"My favourite bit of the project was doing creative things..."

Re-imagine (as part of This is Derby) – is a three year project to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of performing arts with children and young people living in areas of high deprivation in the city. We are part of a unique consortium of sport, arts and cultural activity providers supporting the development of essential life skills of young people. This project supports the work of the Derby Opportunity Area, which aims to increase the number of children achieving a good level of development, improved attainment in school and benefiting from a broad range of experiences.

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By donating to Déda you enable us to deliver projects that enrich people’s lives with dance and the arts. Thank you.

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We work with children and young people in and out of the school setting using dance and the arts to engage and inspire.

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