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Turtle Opera


Turtle Opera is a drama and music project for 10-14yr olds with Autism Spectrum Disorders which benefits children with ASD and trains music students in working with this cohort. The project will be run in partnership with Autism Family Support Oxfordshire and students will come from the Music Faculty at Oxford University. It is a groundbreaking creative project aimed at this under-resourced group of children and families that will aim to change their own life experience and to alter the perceptions of others .

Our goals:

  • Provide a high quality creative initiative for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Oxfordshire and provide Autism Training for all involved - creating more understanding of the needs of this cohort in the community
  • Have a positive impact on the children involved, allowing them to build confidence, to work as a team and to experiment with friendships in a supported environment.
  • Provide links to the community for the university and train the next generation of community arts practitioners.
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How we will achieve our goals

The Community Award would allow us to cover all of the staff , training, evaluation, appropriate venue and materials needed for the project. It would cement the relationships between the two charities, the university and the local community and provide a legacy for future collaborations.

Where the money will go

This particular project for 10-14yr olds will run over the course of a university term but the resources will allow us to ensure that there is a legacy to the work including a film and an evaluation that will allow other projects to happen both in this location and beyond. We know that the impact from the project spreads to local schools and other organisations and provides students with the skills to go and follow up on this work or to even pursue further study and a career in arts interventions with autistic young people.

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  1. Posted on August 16, 2017

    Very pleased to support Turtle Opera in this way


  2. Posted on August 17, 2017

    Turtle Key do such great work with children they have been a great inspiration to us as a family.

  3. Posted on August 17, 2017

    This organisation and its people have achieved incredible things for those in society often overlooked, excluded or outcast. I really hope it can gain enough votes to continue to succeed in its extraordinary endeavours to help unlock the creative potential in those desperate to express and develop it. What they do for others – and everyone – is quite magical.

  4. Posted on August 18, 2017

    Turtle Arts has given my son, who has an autistic spectrum disorder opportunities for expressing himself, socialising, friendship and maturing he could not have found anywhere else. Those running Turtle Arts are superbly professional. empathetic, and dedicated. I and my family are extremely grateful to Turtle Arts.

  5. Posted on August 21, 2017

    Always happy to support the work of Turtle Keys and proud to be a partner
    Way to go!!!!!
    Chats Palace

  6. Posted on August 21, 2017

    Turtle Opera and Turtle Key Arts undoubtedly deserve this award. The whole Turtle Key team approach their work with intelligence, empathy and an unwavering dedication to their mission. They pursue their goals with a fervent integrity and provide exceptional opportunities for all people to develop and grow through exploring their creative potential.

  7. Posted on August 21, 2017

    GO FOR IT GUYS! Sarah @timewontwait
    This sounds awesome x

  8. Posted on August 22, 2017

    This is such a fabulous organisation. Really helped my children.
    Thoroughly recommend it

  9. Posted on August 22, 2017

    A truly amazing and inspiring company! please support them

  10. Posted on August 22, 2017

    All the best, Firebird Theatre, Bristol

  11. Posted on August 22, 2017

    Best of luck, arts and music is some of the best therapy for young people with SEN.

  12. Posted on August 23, 2017

    Thank you for making this world a much better place and I really hope that you win so that you can do even more amazing work and reach more people who need some Turtle Key magic in their lives.

  13. Posted on August 24, 2017

    Best wishes to Turtle Opera.

    Max Stafford-Clark

  14. Posted on August 27, 2017

    Turtle Key do brilliant work for young people with autism and we are proud to have them as a partner at Lyric Hammersmith

  15. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Brilliant project. Very happy to support. We need more like it.

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