Total Arts at Cambridge Junction

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Total Arts is a fortnightly participation group at Cambridge Junction for disabled people aged 13-25. It's an opportunity to work alongside professional filmmakers and facilitators to create short films.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • it allows young people to develop communication skills, confidence and the ability to work creatively with others;
  • it fosters a passion for the arts;
  • it gives parents and carers four hours of respite each fortnight.

“At Total Arts, Alex has made friends, developed creative skills and grown tremendously in confidence. She is happy to stay at Total Arts independently and she has loved the acting, the filming and the fun. Alex has tried new things we never thought she would, and to be involved in poetry, acting and public speaking has been a tremendous achievement for someone who has severe speech, language and literacy difficulties.” Participant’s parent

What to expect

At Total Arts, young people aged 13-25 can work alongside other disabled young artists, professional filmmakers and facilitators to create innovative short films. They can get involved in all stages of filmmaking, from devising and script writing to directing, shooting, performing and editing. They can also learn skills in animation.

The group meets once a fortnight and each session lasts for four hours. During the sessions, young people receive quality care from a team of skilled support workers.

Through participating in the group, young people can gain a Bronze Arts Award through Trinity College London – a unique and nationally recognised qualification to develop creativity and confidence.

Total Arts have also developed their own annual film festival called Big Trouble, Little Pictures. The festival is curated, programmed, managed and delivered by the young people themselves. Read more about the 2022 Festival on the Cambridge Junction website.


More information

There is a fee per session to attend the group, but most attendees are able to cover this fee using their personalised budget. For more information visit their website.

All staff and volunteers at Total Arts are DBS checked and support staff are trained in Child Protection, Epilepsy, and Moving and Handling/Personal Care.

If you/ your child is interested in attending Total Arts, contact [email protected]. If the course is currently full you will be added to the waiting list.

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Participants can attend a free trial session before committing to attend every fortnight.

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Participants pay an amount per session to attend, invoiced termly. Placement is usually funded through participants’ PIP/DLA/short breaks funding.

How to contact

Where to go

Cambridge Junction
Clifton Way
Cambridge CB1 7GX

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