Outreach and Community Action Project or OCAP for short is based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. It was founded in 2011 by a group of dedicated individuals who wanted to make performing arts more accessible for children and young people.
They began with a pilot program involving 30 children from the local area who all signed up for a free 4 week course in all aspects of performing arts from street dance and hip hop to stage make up and script based acting. The program was such a success that they eventually found they had more children who wanted to take part in the project than they had space and funds to run it. In January 2012 they set about forming a committee and fundraising to keep the project moving forward, which involved events and sponsorship from local businesses as well as lottery grants and other charitable trust donations.
OCAP for schools launched in January 2013 and has taken off with unprecedented success with new schools signing up for our ‘in house’ projects on a weekly basis. These projects consist of 4-6 week short courses and centre around particular issues that effect our young people including bullying, knife crime, gang crime, risk related behaviours and even anti exclusion programs.
Each program is specifically designed for the school in question meaning that no 2 projects are the same thus giving a truly unique experience.
Our teachers are not only experts in their fields but they also fully qualified and each have over 10 years teaching experience. They also hold enhanced CRB/DBS checks and are fully insured so you can rest assured your children are safe in our hands.
The founding principal behind OCAP is ‘Arts for All’ and as such we believe in making performing arts and children’s access to it a right not a privilege.
Although we teach performing arts we do not openly consider our goal to be performing arts education instead we teach self confidence, self belief, communication skills, teamwork and self worth as well as educating young people on a range of issues which are personal to them. We just know from experience that performing arts is a perfect tool in order to achieve this.
There is also overwhelming evidence to suggest that access to these kinds of projects has not only a positive impact on the child taking part but also on the community as a whole as it creates social cohesion.
So feel free to look around our site and contact us to register interest in any of our projects