D4Dance The Garage performance company for people with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND) – have been asked to perform at this month’s Family Family Voice Norfolk conference.

They were invited by a members’ mum who works for the parent-carer forum, which aims to improve services for children and young people by making sure families’ voices are heard. 

Eight members of D4Dance will share a work-in-progress in the Curtain Raiser.

Company choreographer Katy Dunne said: “We’ve only just put this section together last week. We’ve been working on the theme of people needing people since September.

“We’re working towards our main performance in July so this is just a snippet of a larger piece that will be performed at The Garage’s annual Turnstyle platform at Norwich Playhouse. They are very used to performing and really enjoy it. Most are natural performers, so they don’t get too nervous.”

D4Dance, which currently has 25 members, has been running here for more than 10 years. It was created to give people with special educational needs an opportunity to express themselves through dance, to have their voices heard, to socialise and to work on meaningful projects together.

Maybe you can help the company promote the integration of young people with complex needs into wider society when you do your weekly Tesco shop?

D4Dance is one of three local good causes chosen to benefit from the Bags of Help blue token grant scheme, with between £500-£2,000 available. Keep a look out at stores across Norwich. Voting ends March 31.

The Family Voice Norfolk conference is March 14. It’s an opportunity for families to find out about all things SEND, share their experiences with the forum and talk face-to-face with key managers from the local authority, health services and providers. We’ll also have a stall at the event.

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