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Creative Bridges

Creative Bridges explores ways to use cultural engagement to support young people with learning difficulties and/or social disadvantage to gain entry to the world of work.   

Our pilot programme established a need to fill a gap in provision between statutory education and next steps – work, further study or volunteering.   

The project is built on the foundation that everyone deserves to play a meaningful role in society, and to improve the employment statistics for people with disabilities.   

Key outcomes 

  1. Prepare challenging young people with learning disabilities for further education, the workplace or volunteering using creativity and cultural engagement to develop the necessary skills, confidence, experience and qualifications. 
  2. Transform the way that a greater number of museums and galleries engage with people with a learning disability.
  3. Programme becomes more self-sustaining through commissioning model developed over the course of the grant.

How We Do It 

We created a mini college within The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery.  We’re a smaller campus than a big college which enables easier transition from special schools to next steps. We recognize that neurodiverse people have great problem solving skills and are inspired by creative challenges. 

Creating opportunities for learners to be off site and independently interacting with new people, both neurotypical and neuro diverse, helps them see beyond their current school life. 

To find out more, view our advocacy document, or contact

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