DAiSY Member Organisations
At its heart DAiSY is a steering group of like minded organisations who use creativity for the benefit of the local community. These members are spread across the county, vary in size and mode of delivery, but all provide artistic workshops, support mental wellbeing, bringing people together and make artistic work.
The steering group meets regularly to shape DAiSY strategy, discuss ideas and explore countywide issues. We also operate as an informal network, with opportunities for members to contact each other directly for support and advice.
Part of the mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, Art Matters is a community arts studio and centre of wellbeing and mindfulness aiming to connect communities and provide pathways to recovery. The studio offers a person centred and supportive environment encouraging individuals to explore their creativity and develop new skills and confidence.
The halow project is dedicated to creating opportunities and supporting young people with a learning disability so that they are able to live independent, meaningful, fulfilled lives and become more involved in their local community.
halow aims to ensure that every person with a learning disability has the same life choices and chances as any other person by providing access to social activities, community based learning and work like experiences.
The young people we work with want the opportunity to:
- Build relationships
- Become part of the community
- Find meaningful employment
- Have a home of their own
Freewheelers Theatre & Media Company
We are an inclusive arts company where artistic excellence goes hand in hand with learning and personal growth.
Our person-centred, creative process and the friendly, communal Freewheelers atmosphere creates an environment where our members’ confidence, independence, social skills and self expression can thrive.
Every week is packed with creative workshops where members come together to share their creative talents, learn new skills and work towards a new performance, film or piece of art.
A day with the Freewheelers is a chance to meet friends, chat, laugh, have fun and be yourself.
Creative Response Arts Ltd is an art related charity for vulnerable adults. The practising artists share visual and performance techniques and provide a safe environment for self-expression. Learnt transferable skills enable artists to manage their own mental health by enhancing self-esteem through sharing and socialising.
There are regular in-house and external exhibitions and projects that stretch and enhance artistic skills.
Dramatize is a charity based in Ashford, Surrey who run theatrical workshops and trips for adults with learning disabilities. Dramatize provides a range of arts-based workshops to help further the personal development of the students who access our provisions. We aim to inspire our students to be independent through a variety of sessions, to encourage a lifetime of creativity and highlight their individual talents as artists. Dramatize aims to provide the opportunity for theatre and the performing arts to be accessible to all!
Orpheus believes that disabled people should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. We aim to equip young disabled people with the skills and confidence they need in order to live independent and fulfilling lives.
Everything at Orpheus is focussed on maximising lasting independence for our students. We have an entrepreneurial spirit, taking a lead in finding new and effective ways of working in the arts, learning and social care sectors. Our impact and ethos has so engaged and inspired visitors to the college that we benefit from a steady stream of help from arts professionals, tutors, support staff and volunteers. Our students have performed at the House of Lords, the Royal Albert Hall and venues across the UK and worked with schools, prisons, community groups and businesses to break down barriers and challenge stereotypes.
Stopgap Dance Company
Stopgap Dance Company is driven by a diverse creative team who uses dance as a movement for change.
Our vision is to create an inclusive world where diversity is not just accepted but pursued, a world where no one is limited by prejudice against D/deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse people.
Working with an artform shaped by human touch and energised by the spark of connectivity, our productions demonstrate the compelling power of diversity and inclusivity.
Our aim is to increase people’s interest and participation in the arts throughout Surrey. In partnership with other organisations, we offer support, tuition, and advice to people of all ages and abilities in areas such as music, singing, choirs and vocal groups, drama, dance, visual and performing arts.
Our aims are to make arts activities available and accessible to all people in Surrey whatever their age and needs, promote arts activities that enrich lives, aid well being and strengthen communities, raise the profile of dance, drama, music and visual arts in Surrey,create high-quality experiences, activities and resources by working with those who are experts in their field, and provide professional development and support to creative practitioners, schools and organisations.
The Grange at Bookham is a friendly and creative place supporting people with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives.
We provide supported accommodation on our 8-acre site and in the local community and our staff are there to help people with all aspects of daily life.
We are unique in Surrey for our Skills for Life service which offers training and work experience in horticulture, catering, creative arts, retail, woodwork and IT – all on one site. We run several mini businesses, including gift shops, our Simply Scones tea room, fudge and mug making.
The Artventure Trust
Artventure Trust is a charity that provides visual art sessions for adults with learning disabilities, physical impairments and autism in a safe and fun environment. We offer opportunities to explore different art forms from painting and drawing to textile, 3D work and ceramics, we offer printmaking and photography as well. The sessions take place in our purpose built studio that is on the grounds of St Peter’s School in Merrow, Guildford. A dedicated team of artworkers and volunteers support our participants with their creative processes and social interactions.
Bloomin’ Arts offers opportunities for people with learning disabilities to enjoy, develop skills, perform and work in the arts.
We work to everyone’s strengths, enabling everyone to access arts productions at any level. Everyone plays their part: actor, musician, dancer, wardrobe, visual artists, lighting and sound technician, costume designers and stage managers, promotions and publicity.
In our small, friendly workshops our highly experienced specialist artists are able to focus on individual skills and bring out the best in all.
The Whole Notes Community Choir
Whole Notes is a community choir for adults with autism, social anxiety or a learning disability and runs weekly in Camberley and Guildford.
It is designed for people who want to have fun singing with others, build self- confidence, make friends and learn useful life skills. Each choir meets weekly during term-times.