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Members of Autism East Midland’s in house Clinical Team visited the ‘Level Centre’ last week, to share their expertise and help develop upon their knowledge by learning how another organisation support individuals with a learning disability. Claire, a member of Autism East Midlands’ Clinical Team based at Sutherland House School, Nottingham and Abbie a member of the organisation’s Adult Services Clinical Team, visited the ‘Level Centre’.

For over 25 years, the ‘Level Centre’ has pioneered the transformative power of the arts to enrich the creative lives of people with learning disabilities. Today, the ‘Level Centre’ brings to rural Derbyshire the kind of contemporary arts space, facilities and technical resources normally only found in cities. It is these facilities and experience that will benefit the organisations in house Clinical Team, who can develop and enhance their own strategies from this visit, that will best support the children and adults on the autistic spectrum that Autism East Midlands support.

Claire was extremely impressed with the facilities on offer at the ‘Level Centre’;

“We were blown away by the contemporary space and facilities, which included a room with a 360 degree projector. We were then shown into one of the performance areas and Sam and Imogen from the ‘Level Centre’ facilitated a free training programme which they usually deliver to support workers and carers, which they call “Insight Training”.

The training consisted of Abbie and I participating in activities, which were used as part of the usual programme at the Centre, but for us to gain an insight into what it is like either to support someone with learning disabilities or to be in a position where participation may be challenging.

All the activities encouraged participation, collaborative work and free expression. After each activity we were asked to feedback on our experience, our thoughts and feelings in response to the tasks.” 

Autism East Midlands’ Clinical Team would like to take the opportunity to thank the ‘Level Centre’ for the chance to visit  the Centre and learn about their work. If you would like to learn more about the ‘Level Centre’ then please click on the link below to be transferred to their website.

http://levelcentre.com/