Act On It


Talk to Me

Year, type of grant

2021-22, Open, Small Grants

Grant awarded

£800 over 2 months


Talk to Me was an online pilot to develop collaborative creative content that would encourage student nurses to interact positively and directly with people with learning difficulties.

This project had been requested by Time2Shine, a Cornwall-based group of young people with learning disabilities. Its theme was having one’s voice heard – literally – an issue that the young people experienced regularly, as health care professionals and others often talk over them, rather than directly to them.

The group identified social enterprise Act On It’s “drama-based, creative approach in response to the unequal society we live in” as one that would be effective for them. The project achieved its aims and Act On It was awarded an additional small grant later in 2021-22 to develop further work with Time2Shine.

Who, what, where

  • Young people 16-22 years, who have learning disabilities
  • Performing arts, theatre
  • Issue: encouraging healthcare professionals to speak directly to people with a disability, young person’s voice
  • England, South West, remote delivery

How this project supported Ragdoll Foundation aims

The proposal demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting young people to make their voices heard. The trustees had confidence that “bold, happy, nice, original, and effective” Act On It would deliver a young person-centred, successful project.