Q Club Enjoys a Round of Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf

21 September 2016

As part of Q Club’s summer session – the first since 2014 after a gap in funding – it was great to take the children for a round of golf at QUAD’s exhibition, Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf.

It’s been fantastic to see the children enjoying and engaging with this fun fusion of art and sport, as well as spending time with our DigisQUAD team on the TinyTap educational app and creating logos with Firecatcher.  
Q Club is an essential part of QUAD’s Creative Wellbeing Programme.  It provides arts workshops for children aged 5-18 years who have additional support needs.  Around half of those in Q Club are children on the autistic spectrum, while the other half may have behavioural or developmental needs.

The aim is to help the children, many of whom may feel isolated, to feel more socially engaged and to become more confident.  This is achieved by involvement in arts projects to build creative and digital skills. 
The rolling programme runs throughout school holidays and term time, and introduces a new six week project every term to ensure plenty of variety.  Coming soon is a project to design a board game, where the children and young people will develop, design and create their own games.

As well as QUAD, Q Club will visit other cultural partners in the city so that the children get a rounded look at different types of creativity.

Every child in the Q Club will have the opportunity to  work towards achieving an Arts Award, a national Arts Council scheme for young people to discover their enjoyment of participating in and creating art.

Q Club Referrals
Q Club started in 2002, but it is dependent on funding and – after a temporary absence from QUAD’s programme – has recently secured funding for three years from BBC Children in Need.

It’s superb news for QUAD and means a massive boost in helping children from the Derby area to develop their social and creative skills.

Since the funding was announced in July, Q Club has already received 36 referrals to join the Q Club.
Charlotte Convey, Arts and Health Development Worker at QUAD said:

“The recent funding means we can broaden our audience and provide brilliant opportunities to young people who feel excluded from accessing the arts.

“Q Club helps a variety of children. Many are on the autistic spectrum, while others have communication difficulties or special education needs.  We’ve also had young carers or bereaved children in Q Club.

“Our programme is designed to inspire independence through a range of creative activities, from photography to film making.

“Referrals can come from schools, support workers or parents – if you think a child would benefit from Q Club, please call me on 01332 285427 or email me on Charlottec@derbyquad.co.uk.”

For more information on Q Club, click here.

Thanks to Balls2 Marketing, sponsor of Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf exhibition in QUAD.