Kids in Control

Kids in Control

Kids in Control is an innovative and unique physical theatre and dance company, which provides high quality learning programs which impact positively on the lives of marginalised young people. KIC is profoundly inclusive, cutting through traditional divisions of physical and learning ability, religion and social background. 

KIC aims to be a model of best practice with artistic outcomes of exemplary skills training promoting the KIC objectives of tolerance, affirmation and creative visions for young people.  KIC exists to develop the skills of young people from areas of need and disadvantage, thereby strengthening the social fabric of communities. 

The KIC workshop process creates an environment which many isolated young people look forward to on a weekly basis bringing independence, dignity, respect and an opportunity to live fuller lives and make their own choices.  KIC does not audition, authorship is genuinely collaborative - building platforms for marginalised young people to take ownership of their ideas and make their voices heard.  KIC programming changes young peoples perceptions of themselves and challenges the expectations of those around them.

The Creating Change grant has had an enormous impact on KIC, developing and strengthening all areas of the companies operations.  Financial support for the two full time artistic roles has enabled KIC to nurture and develop key programmes, securing new, diverse, and innovative projects within KIC’s target groups. 

Support through the 2010 – 11 programme allowed KIC to greatly expand the scope and scale of activities in the community, in particular building new connections with special needs schools (Tor Bank School, St Gerards Special Resource School, Parkview Special School, Park Educational Resource School, Fleming Fulton and Rostulla School), within marginalised communities province wide and interface areas of North Belfast. 

The Box of Stars Core programme – delivered opportunities for advanced training to young people of all abilities resulting in ground-breaking work that has challenged audiences to resist lazily labelling learning disabled young people as passive recipients of activities.  The Box programme has established links with Queen’s University Arts and Health research cluster providing an opportunity for PhD research based on facilitating the progression of disabled young people from the KIC Core programme from participation to leadership in the arts.

Leadership programming in 2010 has developed highly successful twin track leadership programmes between special and mainstream schools as well as facilitating the professional development and training opportunities for emerging artists to create work with and for children with disabilities.

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11-15 Donegall Square North
Belfast 

BT1 5GB

T: 028 9032 3000
E: grants@halifaxfoundationni.org

Registered in Northern Ireland Number 19019

Accepted as a charity by the Inland Revenue under reference NIC 101763

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