New Wandsworth Youth Theatre Aims High

Launching its first production this weekend

An innovative new theatre company for young people with learning disabilities is about to launch its first production.

The Wandsworth Youth Theatre, run by the Baked Bean Theatre Company, is funded by Aiming High - a project managed by the council's Family Information Service.

The theatre group gives young people chance to write, devise and perform their own original work on Saturday mornings at the George Shearing Youth Club.

Its new production, Growing Pain,s is about Lilly who wants to be a singer but the school bullies are out to get her and her dad doesn't understand her ambition. Will she have what it takes to enter the local talent competition?

The play is on Saturday September 24th at the George Shearing Youth Club, Este Road , Clapham Junction at 2pm. Tickets are free. Call (020) 8944 0024 for more details about the group.

Aiming High provides short breaks and leisure and sporting activities for disabled children and their parents. These include swimming, rowing, summer holiday schemes and the chance to use London Recumbent Cycles in Battersea Park . The money is provided by the government, but managed by the council and NHS Wandsworth.

The Family Information Service (FIS) provides support and information to all children, young people and their families in the borough. It runs the Disabled Children's Register to help the council plan services for children and young people with a disability or special need and give parents a voice.

FIS is urging all parents of disabled children and young people up to the age of 19 to join the register. Registering is completely voluntary, but being on the list will enable you to receive regular updates on services, get a free information pack on national and local support groups, get the chance to influence council services for disabled children and get an entry into the monthly draw to win a food voucher worth £50. 

Register online at or call (020) 8871 7899.

September 20, 2011