Starlings Research and Development

Year, type of grant

2021-22, Open, Small Grants

Grant awarded

£1,500 over 3 months


Starlings is an inclusive drama and arts organisation for young people with additional needs, their siblings and others. This project reviewed two years of creative intervention with children who have additional needs, assessing the effectiveness of Starlings’ delivery to model, helping to shape future programming, and exploring sustainability through consultation with families, support organisations, schools, and arts providers.

Who, what, where

  • Children & young people 5-16 years, families, with complex or additional needs
  • Creative consultation, performing arts, theatre
  • Child’s voice, equality of access to the arts, organisational development
  • England, South West, Devon

How this project supported Ragdoll Foundation aims

This was a strategic, high-quality proposal to support organisational growth and development, through understanding the impact of its work to date and children’s and parents’ aspirations for future programming; includes creative consultation with children & young people.