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April 14, 2016

New Young at Arts Programming

Young at Arts has announced some exciting new programme for the comming months. 

Taster Session for Asylum Seekers 

Thursday 21 April
West Yorkshire Playhouse

Join us for a fun filled session of activities about creating and telling stories. No experience is needed and everybody is welcome.

The session is FREE, refreshments will be provided and a First Bus Day Rider ticket will be given to every participant.

As a Theatre of Sanctuary, West Yorkshire Playhouse is committed to welcoming, supporting and working with refugees and asylum seekers. In partnership with Young at Arts, we are excited to invite older adults from the refugee and asylum seeker community to join us and try something new!

Three Months in Richmond Hill 

Mon 11 April – Mon 18 July
Richmond Hill Community Centre 

Join friendly, expert dancers from Yorkshire Dance and try out some gentle movement-play to stimulate mind and body. You don’t have to be a dancer – this is for any body.

Lots of laughs are guaranteed.

“Each session has left me feeling energised, happy, useful, and with a feeling of well-being. The sessions bring you out of yourself and are a great opportunity to connect with other people from the community.”
–Young at Arts participant, Rothwell

The six arts organisations in the LEAF partnership have a wealth of experience of working with older adults, and this Young at Arts programme brings them right to your neighbourhood.

Ten Weeks in Rothwell with West Yorkshire Playhouse

Fri 13 May – Fri 15 Jul
Rothwell Baptist Church Hall

Working with theatre director, Alan Lyddiard, create great theatre based on your stories. Tell a story about yourself, perform an anecdote about your life, or simply share the funny things that have happened to you.

They are working on a theatre project with older artists called Anniversary, and you can help us in the process. Together you can create something special with a bit of music, a bit of a dance and a lot of conversation!

Come and meet like-minded people and share your stories. Sessions will be accessible and fun – absolutely no experience necessary.

An Afternoon of Music and Dancing

Friday 27 May 
Meanwood Community Centre 

Everyone aged 55+ is welcome to this dance and social event featuring the fabulous Citizens’ Orchestra.

They’ll be playing a range of live music, from swing to rock and roll.

And if you want to take a break from the dancing now and then, and catch up with your friends, there’ll be light refreshments and games throughout the afternoon.

The Citizens’ Orchestra was originally formed for I Love West Leeds Festival 2009. The aim was to offer older musicians – of all abilities – an opportunity to be creative and enjoy playing music together.

Read more about all these exciting opportunities here. For more information, or to talk about transport needs, please contact Shabina Aslam: 0113 243 8697 or