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West Midlands Challenge Fund: All Roads Lead To Alexander

All Roads Lead To Alexander - Caudwell Children

£200,000 has been awarded to the north Staffordshire charity Caudwell Children to create a new art and culture project linked to the Commonwealth Games, following a collaboration between Olympic legacy funder Spirit of 2012 and Birmingham 2022.

The project, entitled All Roads Lead to Alexander, will deliver over 120 disability-led creative workshops for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families in Birmingham and Sandwell.

The children’s charity will work in partnership with multi-instrumentalist group, K’antu Ensemble, to deliver the workshops to 1,000 people, with around 80 having the opportunity to tell their story of links to Commonwealth nations and territories through musical storytelling sessions.

These workshops will culminate in a series of creative outputs including a performance during the Birmingham 2022 Cultural Programme, a world-class arts festival running from March to September 2022, alongside the sports programme. The cultural programme will include new work, installations, exhibitions, performances and major events across the West Midlands.

In addition, the project will run leadership workshops aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing, as well as supporting families to feel more connected in their community.

Caudwell Children, which is headquartered in Newcastle-under-Lyme, aims to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK by providing practical and emotional support. 

The charity is one of three organisations to receive a share of £600,000 from the West Midlands Challenge Fund, a collaboration between Spirit of 2012, the London Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Funder, and Birmingham 2022. Its aim is to help build strong communities, improve wellbeing and empower inclusive participation in the arts.

Our All Roads Lead to Alexander project is really ambitious; we’re aiming to work with 1,000 young disabled people, their siblings and families in Birmingham and Sandwell who have links to Commonwealth nations and territories over the next two years. We are very excited to deliver the project, as it will help us expand on the charity’s work in helping disabled children reach their full potential, especially in the West Midlands.

Trudi Beswick, CEO at Caudwell Children