Neurodiversity Celebration Week in Islington

Angel Shed Theatre Company, 2018

Neurodiversity Celebration Week aims to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual. From Autism to ADHD, we’re proud to support local groups in Islington which support and work with neurodiverse people, some of which you can read about below.

Angel Shed has been delivering high-quality workshops and productions with children and young people in Islington for almost twenty years. They provide a safe space for children to express themselves, develop confidence, and grow into curious, creative, and courageous young people.

Artbox is an art studio and gallery supporting people with learning disabilities and autism to create, exhibit, sell and license their artwork. We have previously collaborated with Artbox on an online auction to raise funds for Islington community groups.

Asperger London Area Group (ALAG) is a community organisation working in partnership with local authorities and the voluntary sector to highlight the needs of people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).They offer a range of practical solutions when supporting individuals to come to terms with their diagnosis. One such initiative is the Autism Hub, a user-led Islington/Camden initiative for autistic adults.

Abstract art by Anna, Artbox London

ADHD Islington is a parent run support group for parents and carers of children and young people with ADHD. They have regular professionals attending to give advice and guidance in an relaxed atmosphere.

All Change has been bringing artists and communities together for almost 40 years, producing original and authentic arts projects and experiences, which develop understanding and make connections between people. Committed to arts for social change, they work with people of all ages and backgrounds, especially those who may not usually have the opportunity to participate in the arts.

Centre 404 offers friendly, reliable and person-centred support to people with learning disabilities, autism and their families. They currently operate across 8 London Boroughs.

Dynamic Autism Group offers projects for teenagers and young adult, created by a small number of parents in 2011. They have been funded by our parent charity Cripplegate Foundation.

Elfrieda Society supports people with learning disabilities and/or learning difficulties (LDD) to live happy, independent lives and providing opportunities for them to have their voice heard. Key to this are their specialist advocacy, sport activities, user-led consultation and quality monitoring service offer.

Daylight Theatre Foundation raises funds to provide children and adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to perform a musical in a professional theatre with professional sets, costumes and professional musicians, captured by a professional film crew. The funding covers the musicians rehearsing with the performers across several months and a mini-documentary of the making of the show.

Make Do Play provides free, local community play sessions for all ages and abilities. Sessions are unstructured, child-led, rooted in the Playwork Principles.

Arsenal visit Centre 404, 2018
Featured image: Angel Shed Theatre Company, 2018