A head and shoulder photograph of the main characters Maisie and Jenny. Maisie (on the right) is Black woman with brown eyes and black hair. She has her mouth open, as if surprised, and is looking upwards. Jenny (on the left) is a white woman with blue eyes and ginger chin length hair. She has her mouth open, as if concerned, and is looking directly at the camera. They are buried in a pile of colourful illustrated rubbish. The rubbish pile extends into the distance where it meets a polluted sea occupied by an oil rig, a cooling tower pouring out smoke and a cityscape. Other illustrated elements include a tornado and a plane flying overhead.

Community Cast Call Out

Mind the Gap is on the lookout for people from the Bradford district to join the community cast of its new outdoor show, Leave the Light on for Me.

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A headshot of Becca Johnson. She is a white woman in her twenties with blue eyes and shoulder length mid brown hair. She has a small nose ring and is wearing a pink top and a brown cardigan. The photo is taken outside in front of a large black frame.

Blog: My first year as a Learning Support Worker

It’s just over a year since I started my new role as Learning Support Worker for Mind the Gap, in the middle of a national lockdown and global pandemic – a strange time to start any new job!

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An image of a group of people, all wearing black, and dancing in a studio. The people have their backs to the camera but several people can be seen from the front in a mirror in front of them.

Free National Youth Dance Company Workshop

Mind the Gap is teaming up with National Youth Dance Company to offer a free workshop for dancers with learning disabilities and/or autism aged 16 – 24 on Saturday 9 April, 11am – 1pm.

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World Theatre of the Oppressed Day

Mind the Gap will be marking World Theatre of the Oppressed Day 2022 on Wednesday 16 March with an online sharing of the company’s forum theatre workshop Anna, and a panel discussion featuring international Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners.

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A group of people stand in a theatre studio. There are musical instruments and microphones in the the middle of the room. The floor is brown and the walls are draped with blackout curtains.

Exploring Gig Theatre with Middle Child

It was such a pleasure to work with skilled and talented theatre makers who have a genuine interest in people. Theatre makers who are also generous, honest and good-humoured enough for us to share silly moments with.

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A lady in a white jumper with dark shoulder length hair sits on the left of the picture next to an older gentleman with a bald head. He is wearing a blue t-shirt and brown cardigan. Both people are wearing glasses and are smiling.

In Memory of Geoff Middleton

Mind the Gap was very sad to hear about the passing of our dear friend Geoff Middleton in January at the age of 97.

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Four people (two women and two men) running through a field with trees behind them.

Leave the Light on for Me and Climate Change

“Conversations about the climate crisis are largely confined to the white middle classes. People with learning disabilities and autism are often left out of these conversations along with other community groups.”

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A programme for the Mind the Gap show Paige

Paige: Reflections from Emma Gee

Board Member Emma Gee reflects on Mind the Gap’s Paige photobook, which documents the real life experiences of parents with learning disabilities.

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A group of people stand in a circle, facing each other, slightly crouched with their arms outstretched towards the centre of the circle.

Saturday Morning Youth Dance Sessions

Thanks to funding from Yorkshire Dance, Leeds based inclusive contemporary dance company MeshDance has partnered with Mind the Gap to deliver a series of Saturday morning dance sessions.

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