AN additional support needs theatre school which gives youngsters in Coatbridge the opportunity to enjoy dancing, singing and drama, has been given a financial boost from a Scotland-wide community funding programme.
Shining Stars ASN Theatre School has received funding from the Ross and Liddell community bursary scheme – a project which provides support to organisations all over the country.
The group – which welcomes children of all ages and abilities – introduces youngsters to music, dance and drama, and gives them the chance to socialise.
The funding received from property management company Ross and Liddell will be used to buy equipment and materials for the group.
Shining Stars founder Katie Slavin said: “This is a really positive group which helps members build on their social skills and friendships and has really made a difference to the lives of these youngsters.
“We have a fantastic group of youngsters who are enthusiastic and look forward to the group every week.
“The funding is very much appreciated and will help us to grow and develop the service we provide.”
Shining Stars ASN Theatre School takes place every Monday evening at King’s Church, Coatbridge from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The theatre’s first performance of 2017 will take place in June.
The theatre school was set up two years ago by Katie Slavin and is always on the lookout for more members and volunteers.
Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Now in its sixth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations all over Scotland that make a vital difference in their community.
Shining Stars Theatre is one of 32 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.
Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “We’re very proud to be providing funding to groups all over Scotland in this year’s community bursary scheme.
“It’s so important that organisations like Shining Stars have access to funding to ensure that youngsters with additional support needs get the chance to experience the performing arts.
“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”