New funding and ambassador for RADiate
RADiate is expanding into more schools across South and South West London, offering subsidised dance classes to children on the autism spectrum, and to those with moderate to severe and complex learning difficulties.
Generous new funding from the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust, has offered RADiate a grant of almost £150,000 over three years. This will allow the RAD to consolidate and expand this inclusive outreach project into more schools, and meet more students’ needs beyond the London boroughs of Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Southwark.
In further good news for the project, Michael Nunn OBE, co-founder of BalletBoyz, will also take on the role of RADiate Ambassador.
With the support of teaching assistants, RADiate classes allow children to benefit creatively, educationally, physically and socially, since the specific nature of dance particularly suits their more visual, non-verbal learning style. Radiate currently provides weekly dance sessions in ten primary special needs schools and mainstream schools with Autism Spectrum Disorder bases in South and South West London. A ‘hub’ venue at the RAD headquarters in Battersea, also allows students from nine schools who wouldn’t normally be able to host sessions.
Find out more about RADiate and the RAD's work with children with Special Educational Needs.
Pictured - Michael Nunn joins a RADiate class at Paddock Primary School. Photo: David Tett/Royal Academy of Dance.