A drama group set up for adults with learning disabilities to give them greater self-confidence and improve their wellbeing is going from strength to strength in West Bridgford.
Mencap Me Time Notts has been running sessions every Thursday at All Hallows Church in Lady Bay for the last 10 years and the majority of members receive funding from Nottinghamshire County Council to attend.
Attendees produce and perform annual plays to the public at the church, which included a performance of Lion King last year.
They are now branching out into film production with the aim of organising a film festival to showcase their productions later this year.
The session usually consist of games and workshops which include acting, dance, mime and comedy performances.
Other council initiatives involving people with learning disabilities include its service promoting independence, a gaming group and Mencap’s Gig Buddies scheme helping people to get together for events such as cinema visits and concerts.
There is also a weekly drama group being held in the Gedling area with council-funded attendees and a café run by people with learning disabilities in Bingham.
Councillor Stuart Wallace, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “It’s vital that people with learning disabilities have the support and opportunities to develop their skills and independence for fulfilling and enriched lives.
“We’ve responded to people’s requests for activities that further their skills by setting up these groups and it’s great to hear that they are flourishing with the support they are receiving.”
Group attendee, Daran Pitchfork, said: “People come together and you get a lot of friends and jokers. It makes you feel inside you’re doing something. You get a lot out of it.”
Group facilitator, Charlotte Baker, said: “Everyone who attends the drama group gives it their all and the rewards are clear to see.
“People grow in confidence, improve self-esteem and above all really enjoy the weekly sessions.
“The highlight of the year is our annual show, which requires a great deal of hard work and determination, but is something we are all very proud of.”
For more information on help and support visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/adult-social-care/help-living-at-home/learning-disability.