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New Youth Collective for Neurodiverse Young People Launches in Derbyshire

Level Centre has launched a new group for Neurodiverse and Autistic young people aged 14-18 to access contemporary arts experiences, outside of school and home.

Starting on 16 January, the Level Youth Collective will run at Level Centre in Rowsley on Monday evening from 5-6.30pm. Over 10 weeks, participants will have the chance to work with different artists, materials and digital equipment as well as having a space to socialise as a group. The Youth Collective will also develop soft skills, with participants encouraged to contribute to discussions and make decisions, skills that can be used in school and beyond.

Engagement Producer Kyla Hyslop said:

“We’re excited to be setting up a space for young people with autism or who are neurodiverse to try and develop new artistic skills and make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”

Members of the Youth Collective will become ambassadors for Level and will be invited to future events and exhibitions at the centre, as well as having the chance to take part in work experience and mentoring programmes.

Executive Director Kerry Andrews said:

“We want the Youth Collective to be an exciting space, a safe place where participants can try new skills and equipment, grow in confidence and gain useful experience from being part of the group.”

Sessions are FREE to attend but space is limited, so interested parties are advised to register their interest in advance via the Level Centre website

The Level Youth Collective has been funded by Derbyshire County Council Public Health through the Growing Golden Opportunities Award, which is managed by Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service.

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